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January 27, 2015
Derrick Randall begins his senior season at Pitt in 2014-15. Randall, who transferred to Pitt prior to the 2013-14 season, contributed primarily at center and power forward last season off the bench. When inserted into a game, Randall gives the Panthers a spark on both the offensive and defensive ends. A tremendous rebounder and defender who brings energy, strong work ethic and a physical presence and toughness to the team, Randall saw action in all 36 games after he was ruled eligible to compete immediately after spending his first two collegiate seasons at Rutgers. A lefthanded power forward, Randall enters his senior year with the most combined collegiate experience among Pitt's "bigs" as he has played in 871 minutes over 93 games and 11 starts over his three-year career. He is as physically aggressive as he is strong, throwing his body around and causing opponents to bounce off him. He is also capable of blocking shots with both hands. Randall will provide the Panthers with much-needed experience and energy in the frontcourt.
Rutgers transfer who was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA...Played in all 36 games with one start at center (season opener vs. Savannah State, 11/8)...Averaged 2.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game...Also shot 56.4 percent (31-56) from the floor on year...Registered one double-double (Savannah State) and reached double figure scoring in two games on year...Grabbed five or more rebounds in seven games...Blocked at least one shot in 11 games...Scored five points (2-2 FG) in NCAA Tourney vs. Colorado, 3/20...Grabbed seven rebounds in 10 minutes vs. Wake Forest, 3/13...Blocked a career-high four shots in 11 minutes of action vs. Syracuse, 2/12...Scored 11 points (5-7 FG) with seven rebounds vs. Youngstown State, 12/14...Finished with seven points and six rebounds (four offensive) in only 12 minutes of action vs. Fresno State, 11/12...Totaled first career double-double with career-highs of 12 points (5-7 FG) and 12 rebounds (nine offensive) in a 20-minute start, season opener and Pitt debut vs. Savannah State, 11/8.
2012-13 AT RUTGERS
As a sophomore at Rutgers, saw action in 26 contests...Averaged 2.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 8.2 minutes per game...Finished with 10 blocks and nine steals on the season...Grabbed a season-high four rebounds, including three offensive boards at DePaul, 2/16...Recorded six points with two blocks in just nine minutes of play vs. Providence, 2/23...Played 18 minutes with four points and three rebounds at Georgetown, 3/2...Finished with a season-high eight points on 4-5 shooting with three blocks and three rebounds vs. Marquette, 3/5...Scored four points with three rebounds in a victory over DePaul, 3/12, in the Big East Tournament.
2011-12 AT RUTGERS
As a freshman at Rutgers, started 10 of 31 games played...Averaged 2.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 11.3 minutes per game...Finished with 12 blocks and 10 steals...In conference action, averaged 3.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 12.9 minutes per Big East game...Shot 2-3 for five points and three rebounds in 10 minutes against Syracuse, 2/11...Scored eight points on 3-3 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in a win over Cincinnati, 1/28...Recorded seven points, three rebounds and blocked a career-high three shots in a win over Pitt, 1/11...Made his first start and scored two points vs. West Virginia, 1/4...Scored 10 points with five rebounds in 20 minutes of play at South Florida, 1/1...Had a career-high eight rebounds to go along with four points vs. Florida, 12/29...Played 13 minutes with three points and six rebounds vs. Hampton, 11/20...Grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes against Sacred Heart, 11/17...Played eight minutes in his first collegiate game against Dartmouth, 11/11.
A 2011 graduate of South Kent Prep (Conn.), where he played for head coach Kelvin Jefferson...Averaged 13.0 rebounds and 8.0 points per game to help the Cardinals to a 16-5 record in 2010-11...Played at Paterson Catholic (N.J.) for head coach Damon Wright in 2009-10...Averaged 10 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game for a Paterson Catholic team that was ranked as high as No. 3 nationally before the school closed its doors at the conclusion of the academic year...The team won its first 28 games and captured the City of Palms Christmas Tournament title in Florida and its third consecutive Passaic County Tournament title...Scored a team-high 20 points for the New York City all stars in a 73-56 win over United China at the World Basketball Festival in his first-ever game at Rucker Park...Competed internationally in summer 2010 in Turkey for the New York City Nike All-Star team...Rated as the No. 119 overall prospect nationally by Hoopscoop and the country's No. 26 power forward prospect by both by Scout.com and ESPN.com...Competed at the 2010 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp...Competed on the AAU circuit for the New Jersey Playaz.
Born September 21, 1990...Son of Brian Randall Sr....Has three sisters: Christina, Adrian and Elisa and two brothers Antonio and Brian, Jr....Sister Adrian Randall played college basketball at Marshall and Georgia Southwestern...Native of the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, N.Y....Nicknamed "D-Mac"...Played at same prep school as former Pitt player Gilbert Brown (2007-11)...Can perform somersaults and full body flips...Favorite athlete is Dwight Howard...Favorite pro sports team is the Los Angeles Lakers...As a high school senior, selected Rutgers over Virginia Tech, Marquette, St. John's and Seton Hall...Administration of Justice major.
RANDALL'S CAREER HIGHS
Points: 12, Savannah State, 11/8/13.
FG made: 5, two times- Youngstown State ,12/14/13; Savannah State, 11/8/13.
FG attempts: 7, two times- Youngstown State, 12/14/13; Savannah State, 11/8/13.
3FG made: None.
3FG attempts: None.
FT made: 3, two times- last at Pittsburgh, 1/11/12.
FT attempts: 5, at Georgetown, 3/2/13.
Rebounds: 12, Savannah State, 11/8/13.
Assists: 1, four times, last- at Syracuse, 1/18/14.
Steals: 2, two times, last- Villanova, 2/18/13.
Blocks: 4, Syracuse, 2/12/14.
Minutes: 25, two times, last- at Pittsburgh, 1/11/12.
DERRICK RANDALL FEATURE STORIES
Former Rutgers forward Derrick Randall transfers to Pittsburgh, June 16, 2013, Raphielle Johnson, CollegeBasketballTalk.NBCSports.com
Derrick Randall commits to Pitt, June 16, 2013, Adam Zagoria, SportsnetNY
Rutgers' upset of Florida keyed by Derrick Randall's breakout night, January 1, 2012, Brendan Prunty, Newark Star-Ledger
Derrick Randall finding that busy life of freshman year is all about time management, November 17, 2011, Brendan Prunty, Newark Star-Ledger
Rutgers recruit Randall shows off skills at Rucker Park, August 14, 2010, Joseph Staszewski, New York Post
South Kent Loaded With New York Players, June 9, 2010, Adam Zagoria, SNY.tv
South Kent Prep (Conn.)
Height / Weight:
6-9 / 240
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