Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young High point guard Derrick Randolph is currently a relatively under-the-radar prospect, with a few top schools (Arizona and Tennesse, to name two) showing him some interest but still withholding a full scholarship offer. If Randolph can duplicate the feat he pulled off twice at the end of his AAU squad's victory in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League on Sunday, he may not stay under the radar for long.
Randolph is spending his spring season competing for the Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire, which competed at the EYBL's Hampton, Va., event Saturday and Sunday. Randolph was impressive throughout his team's matchup with the Los Angeles-based California Supreme squad, leading all scorers with 25 points in 24 minutes, but what he did in the contest's closing seconds, as you can see in the video above, stole all the headlines from the rest of his performance.
According to friend of the blog and Scouts Focus headman Joe Davis, Mac Irvin Fire led by three in the final minute of the game when Cali Supreme and Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola High star Julian Harrell -- who scored 11 points in his team's loss -- drilled a three to tie the game at 68. Without thinking twice, Randolph worked to get open, got the inbounds pass with just more than six seconds remaining, dribbled a few times and then banked in a game-winning three from behind midcourt.
Yet, just as Randolph and his Mac Irvin Fire teammates looked to each other to see if the shot would count, their jubilation was dashed by a referee's whistle, with the game officials ruling the Mac Irvin Fire coach had actually called a timeout before the inbounds.
Cue take two: With five seconds remaining again, Mac Irvin Fire sent the ball in to Randolph, who took exactly one dribble and, you guessed it, nailed another game-winning three from halfcourt.
"I got the ball, I made the shot and we won the game," Randolph told Scouts Focus. "[It was] Clutch time."
The two game-winners were uncannily similar, and possibly unprecedented. After all, we here at Prep Rally have never seen a player hit a midcourt game-winner, have it called off, then do the exact same thing on the ensuing inbounds. For it to come in a battle of hyped recruits only adds to the feat's mystique.
Whether his dual buzzer beaters help grab more attention for Randolph's rapidly rising profile remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: No one who saw both shots hit the net will forget them anytime soon.