Brandon Randolph is making the freshman-to-sophomore leap — literally. The Arizona Wildcats guard posted a video of him reaching a max vertical of 46.5 inches on Tuesday.
It is impressive stuff, but we’ll see how it translates to the court this season. Randolph should be a key player for the Wildcats, who lost their entire starting five.
The former four-star recruit averaged 3.7 points per game as a freshman, but could benefit from a more stable role as a sophomore. Randolph is expected to start or, at the very least, play a lot of minutes. He only averaged 11.6 as a freshman, stuck behind Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins on the wing.
Randolph was a little thin as a freshman, but he said earlier in the summer that he now weighs 185 pounds, which is 20 pounds heavier than he was when he first arrived in Tucson.
“Every aspect of the game will be a lot easier for me because last year I saw how strong Rawle and Zo were,” he said. “They would bully me in practice, but once I got stronger it kind of came easier for me.”
At the same time, Randolph wanted to make sure he didn’t add too much weight to where it would sap his athleticism, but that clearly isn’t an issue.