MSU head coach Tom Izzo previews the Spartans' Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1-seed Virginia.
Provides a potent low-post scoring threat ... Quickness around the basket will make him one of the top offensive rebounders in the nation ... Named First-Team Preseason All-Big Ten and Third-Team Preseason All-America by Athlon College Basketball Magazine ... Rated the nation?s best college freshman by Dick Vitale?s ESPN Magazine College Basketball Preview ... Has great hands around the basket ... Member of the 2000 World Championship for Young Men Qualifying Team, averaging 11.6 points and 6.2 rebounds to a help Team USA to a silver medal ... MVP of the sixth annual Nike Hoop Summit, leading the 2000 USA Basketball Men?s Junior Select National Team to a 98-97 victory over an International Select Team, scoring a game-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting while adding eight rebounds and three assists.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named MVP of the 2000 McDonald?s All-American game, recording 23 points, a game-high 15 rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal ... 2000 USA Today first-team All-American ... 2000 USA Today Indiana Player of the Year ... 2000 Parade Magazine first-team All-American ... Led Marion High School to 2000 Indiana 4A state title, scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds in championship game, a 62-56 victory over Bloomington North ...Led Marion to a No. 6 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 Poll, averaging 23.7 ppg, 14.8 rpg, 3.0 apg and 2.8 bpg as a senior ... Named MVP of the Purple team, after scoring 39 points and grabbing 24 rebounds and leading his team to a 148-144 victory over the White squad in the 2000 Nike Derby Festival Classic ... 2000 Rivals100Hoops.com All-America second-team selection ... Rated the No. 2 player by Dave Telep?s Rivals100Hoops.com from the high school class of 2000 ... Rated No. 5 senior by Bob Gibbons ... 1999 All-USA honorable mention as selected by USA Today ... Holds both the single season (428) and career (1068) rebounding records at Marion High School ... Two-time all-state honoree ... Finished prep career with 1,607 points, 151 blocks, 142 assists and 105 steals ... Averaged 23.2 points and 16.1 rebounds as a junior ... Helped lead his team to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore, averaging 17.0 points and 12.1 rebounds ... Three-time all-conference selection ... Member of the bronze-medal winning North team at the 1999 USA Basketball Men?s Youth Development Festival, averaging a team-leading 20.4 ppg and a team leading 18.6 rpg ... Played for head coach Moe Smedley at Marion High School.
PERSONAL: Born July 16, 1981 ... Son of Mae Randolph ... No preference major.