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Arizona’s Brandon Randolph to remain in NBA Draft

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Brandon Randolph has decided to remain in the NBA Draft, thus ending his college career as well as his time with the Arizona Wildcats, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman.

The 6-foot-6 guard declared for the draft on April 12, but as was the case with all college underclassmen who did so he had the ability to withdraw by May 29 in order to retain his college eligibility. Had Randolph opted to pull out it was likely he would have had to transfer to another school, however.

That’s because Arizona brought in a pair of transfers—UC Irvine guard Max Hazzard and Kentucky guard Jemarl Baker Jr.—that put it two over the maximum 13 scholarship players. One spot opened up on Monday when it was learned that guard Devonaire Doutrive was leaving the Wildcats after one season, with Randolph’s spot being the other.

Randolph faces a tough road to get drafted, let alone make it into the NBA. He hasn’t appeared on any mock drafts, did not receive an invite to the draft combine and only the Utah Jazz brought him in for a workout.

The 2018-19 season was an up-and-down one for Randolph, who early on lit up the scoreboard and appeared to be making a textbook freshman-to-sophomore leap. But he couldn’t sustain it, and despite leading the Wildcats in scoring at 12.4 points per game his shooting numbers (38.4 percent overall, 29.5 percent from three) were far from impressive.