Jerome J. Randle (born May 21, 1987) is an American-born naturalized Ukrainian professional basketball player who currently plays for the Adelaide 36ers of the National Basketball League (NBL).
Randle’s 651 points scored as a senior rank third on the Cal season-record list. The senior point guard’s free throw percentage of 88.1 set the school career-record and was also the best mark in Pac-10 Conference history. His 93.3 free throw percentage in 2009-10 established the Cal annual record, ranking second on the league single-season record chart.
His 595 field goals made rank seventh all-time among Cal players. His 252 successful three-pointers set the school career-record and his 40.5 three-point field goal percentage is the sixth-best on the Bears career-record list. But, Randle brings more to the table than just his scoring touch. The unselfish point guard handed out 524 assists, the second-highest career total in school annals.
Averaging 25 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.0 steals per game on the way to earning state Class A Player of the Year honors from the Chicago Sun-Times as a senior at Hales Franciscan High School. He was also voted first-team Class A All-State by Illinoisprephoops.com and second-team All-State (all divisions) by the Chicago Tribune.
The point guard captured the three-point shooting title and was named the game’s Co-MVP after scoring 31 points in the Illinois-Missouri Riverwar All-Star Game. He led his prep team to a pair of championships, including compiling a 27-4 record on the way to the Illinois state title in 2005. He later helped his Chicago Ferrari team to the 17-and-under AAU national crown, earning tournament MVP honors.
Appearing in 33 games, for California in 2006-07. He scored in double figures in the first two games as a Bear, finishing with averages of 6.5 points, 1.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.5 steals that year.
In the 2007-08 season, Randle missed the first two games after undergoing a kidney biopsy on Oct. 29, 2007, a procedure that revealed mild inflammation that could be treated with medication. In his first game back, he scored 21 points, going on to rank ninth in the Pac-10 Conference with an average of 3.74 assists per game. He also placed second in the league in free-throw shooting (87.0 percent) and 10th in three-point accuracy (39.7 percent), reaching double figures in scoring 21 times while competing in 31 games.
As a junior, Randle garnered first-team All-Pac-10 honors and was named to the All-District IX team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. He scored 603 points on the season, which ranks seventh all-time at Cal and became the school’s all-time leader in career free-throw percentage (85.5). He set the school season-record for three-pointers with 82 and in three-point attempts (177), as he also averaged 5.0 rebounds per game.
Randle finished his collegiate career with a slew of post-season honors in 2009-10. He was named Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year, USBWA District IX Player of the Year and earned All-American honorable mention after leading Cal to its first conference title since 1960. The school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,835, he made 40 consecutive free throws to set the new school record. He averaged 18.6 points, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.1 rebounds per game.
Randle was named the MVP of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament after he averaged 13.7 points per game for the tournament, which ranked 15th among all players. In three games played, he shot 17-for-36 from the field, good for a percentage of .472 that ranked 22nd in the tournament. His average of 2.0 steals per game was tied for sixth best in the field. He led his team to the final before losing in the championship game.
In 2010, Randle joined the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Summer League and the Washington Wizards for the Las Vegas Summer League. He signed with Aliaga Petkim in July 2010. In January 2011, he joined Türk Telekom B.K.
In August 2011, he signed with Barak Netanya of Israel. On December 14, 2011, Randle signed with Dallas Mavericks. He was assigned to the Texas Legends on December 21 for one game, being recalled on December 22. He was waived by the Mavericks that same day. On December 27, he was re-acquired by the Texas Legends. The next day, he was traded to the Maine Red Claws. In February 2012, he left the Red Claws and signed with BC Azovmash of Ukraine for the rest of the 2011–12 season.
Randle joined the Memphis Grizzlies for the 2012 NBA Summer League. In September 2012, he signed with the Foshan Dralions of the Chinese Basketball Association. He left before appearing in a game for them. On December 30, 2012, he signed with Spirou Charleroi.
He joined the Los Angeles Clippers for the 2013 NBA Summer League. On August 29, 2013, Randle’s rights were acquired by the Delaware 87ers in the 2013 NBA Development League Expansion Draft.
In October 2013, Randle signed with his former team Aliaga Petkim of Turkey. In January 2014, he left Aliaga and signed with Trabzonspor for the reminder of the season. In August 2014, he re-signed with Trabzonspor. On October 29, 2014, he parted ways with Trabzonspor. On November 19, 2014, he was signed by Turkish team Eskisehir Basket.
In July 2015, Randle joined the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2015 NBA Summer League.
On October 21, 2015, he signed with the Australian National Basketball League team the Adelaide 36ers for the rest of the 2015–16 NBL season. He made his debut for the 36ers the following day, scoring a game-high 24 points off the bench in an 88–79 win over the Cairns Taipans. On November 7, he helped the 36ers claim the biggest comeback victory in the league’s 40-minute game era, defeating the Sydney Kings 99–98. Randle scored 33 points, with 10 coming in the final term, including the match-winning free throws with 5.3 seconds left.
In 2015, Randle replaced Pooh Jeter on the Ukrainian national basketball team after obtaining a Ukrainian passport.
Aliaga Petkim (2010–2011)
Türk Telekom (2011)
Barak Netanya (2011)
Texas Legends (2011)
Maine Red Claws (2011–2012)
Azovmash Mariupol (2012)
Spirou Charleroi (2012–2013)
Aliaga Petkim (2013–2014)
Eskisehir Basket (2014–2015)
Adelaide 36ers (2015–2017)
Sydney Kings (2018)
Awards and honors
- NBL – All-NBL First Team (2017)
- NBL Fan MVP (2017)
- NBL MVP (2017)
- NBL – Adelaide 36ers Club MVP (2017)
- LKL champion (2016)
- LKL Finals MVP (2016)
- NBL – All-NBL First Team (2016)
- NBL Fan MVP (2016)
- NBL Score Leader – 23.00 PPG (2016)
- NBL – Adelaide 36ers Club MVP (2016)
- Turkish League All-Star (2011)
- 2010 1st Team All-Pacific-10 Conference
- 2010 Pac-10 Player of the Year
- 2010 Tom Hansen Conference Medal
- 2009 1st Team All-Pacific-10 Conference
- Cal’s career leader in points scored (1,835 points), three pointers made (252), and free throw accuracy (88.1%)
- Cal record for most consecutive free throws made (40)