Semeka Randall, a former All-American guard at the University of Tennessee and four-year veteran of the WNBA, enters her third season as an assistant coach at Michigan State.
Randall's distinguished playing career includes professional experience both in the WNBA and overseas, and a collegiate resume that features All-America honors and a national championship. She was a star guard for the Tennessee Lady Vols from 1997-2001, earning Kodak All-America first-team honors in 1999 and 2000. She was an integral part of Tennessee's 1998 NCAA Championship team that went 39-0, averaging 15.9 points as a freshman while earning honorable mention All-American recognition.
In September of 2004, she completed her fourth year of a WNBA career that included stops in Seattle (2001-02), Utah (2002) and San Antonio (2003-04). She also played in the National Women's Basketball League and in professional leagues in Israel (2001-02) and Greece (2002-03).
Randall was an accomplished basketball player before arriving at Tennessee. She was Parade Magazine's Player of the Year and a first-team All-American in 1997 while starring at Trinity High School in Garfield Heights, Ohio. The Cleveland native was Ohio's Miss Basketball in 1996 and 1997, was a member of the 1996 and 1997 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Teams, was the MVP of the Ohio state basketball tournament in 1994 and 1996, and the Gatorade Circle of Champions Midwest Player of the Year in 1997.
The accolades continued during her career at Tennessee. In addition to her All-American honors, she was named Women's Basketball Journal's Defensive Player of the Year in 1999 and 2000, was named first team All-Southeastern Conference in 1999 and 2000, was second team All-SEC and a member of the SEC All-Freshman team in 1998 and was on the NCAA Mideast Regional All-Tournament team in 1998 and 2000.
Randall scored 1,915 points during her career at Tennessee (13.7 ppg) and added 716 rebounds (5.1 rpg), 286 steals and 236 assists. She ranks fifth on the Lady Vols' career charts in both points and steals. Tennessee posted a record of 134-10 during her four-year career, including championship game appearances in 1998 and 2000.
During the summer of 1998, Randall was the leading scorer for the gold medal-winning USA Jones Cup team.
She graduated in December of 2000, a semester ahead of her class, with a bachelor's degree in speech communications.
Randall was the first player chosen in the second round (17th overall) during the 2001 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm. She started 30 of 32 games as a rookie, averaging a career-best 9.4 points. She averaged 5.8 points during her 123-game WNBA career, including 55 starts.
In 2001-02, Randall started all 16 games at point guard and averaged 19 points while playing for the Israeli Professional Basketball League. She played in the Greek Professional Basketball League in 2002-03, again starting all 16 games for her squad. In 2003, she was a member of the Tennessee Fury of the National Women's Basketball League, averaging 12.2 points as a shooting guard.
Randall got her first taste of coaching during the 2002-03 season, when she was an assistant coach at Cleveland State. During her season at CSU, she worked with fellow assistant coach Al Brown - her former assistant coach at Tennessee who is now also a member of the MSU staff.
THE RANDALL FILE
Name: Semeka Randall
Place of Birth: Cleveland, Ohio
Education: Tennessee (B.A., speech communications, 2000)
Collegiate Athletic Experience: Basketball (Tennessee 1997-2001)
Professional Athletic Experience:
WNBA (Seattle 2001-02;Utah 2002; San Antonio 2003-04)
Israeli Professional League (2001-02);
Greek Professional League 2002-03);
National Women's Basketball League (2003)
Two-time First Team All-American (1999, 2000);
Honorable Mention All-American (1998);
Women's Basketball Journal's Defensive Player of the Year (1999, 2000);
First Team All-SEC (1999, 2000);
SEC All-Freshman Team and Second Team All-SEC (1998);
Parade Magazine Player of the Year (1997);
Ohio Miss Basketball (1996, 1997)
Cleveland State (Assistant Coach, 2002-03);
Michigan State (Assistant Coach, 2004-present)