June 25, 2016

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Boys basketball: Craig Randall will transfer to Phoenix-area school

MEDINA — The basketball destinations of the Randall family will extend to Arizona.

Less than two months after Medina boys coach Anthony Stacey resigned, All-Ohio guard Craig Randall transferred to Shadow Mountain High School in Phoenix.

Craig Randall reacts after the Medina boys basketball team defeated Green in the Copley Division I District semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Craig Randall reacts after the Medina boys basketball team defeated Green in the Copley Division I District semifinals. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

One of the assistant coaches for Shadow Mountain is former NBA point guard Mike Bibby, whose son Michael is the team’s star player and point guard. The Matadors are the defending Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II state champion.

“Craig’s got to do what’s best for him, but I think everyone is underestimating the quality of guards we still have at Medina,” Bees coach Chris Hassinger, who replaced Stacey, said Monday.

Randall’s father, Craig Sr., already is living in Arizona due to a job transfer. The rest of the family remained in Medina until the future of Craig Jr. was decided.

Shadow Mountain will be Randall’s fourth school in five years. The 6-foot-2 guard went to Canfield in middle school and played his first two years of high school basketball at Girard before transferring to Medina in the summer of 2013. Randall plays AAU for the Ohio Basketball Club, of which Stacey is a coach.

Changing schools is nothing new to the Randalls.

Craig’s brother Kyle, who plays for the NBA Develepmental League’s Canton Charge, went to high school at Kennedy Catholic in Pennsylvania and was a Southern Conference All-Freshman selection at UNC-Greensboro. He then transferred before his senior year to Central Michigan, where he averaged 18.7 points.

Lance, the oldest, began his high school career at Canfield before transferring to Youngstown Ursuline as a senior. He played collegiately at Wheeling Jesuit in West Virginia.

Craig Randall was a third-team D-I All-Ohio selection after averaging 19.4 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.4 assists in his lone season at Medina. The Bees went 19-7 and lost the Copley District title game to Uniontown Lake.

An ESPN.com three-star recruit, Randall visited Arizona State and recently received offers from Louisiana Tech and the College of Charleston. He holds other offers from Akron, Cleveland State, Drexel, Kent State, Northeastern, Robert Morris, St. Joseph’s and Toledo.

Randall would not have been the most highly recruited player on Medina’s roster next season. Incoming junior Jon Teske already has been offered by Ohio State, and Michigan is expected to follow suit next week. The 6-foot-10 center also is receiving interest from Purdue, Dayton, Indiana and Xavier.

Teske will be the centerpiece of the Bees without Randall.

“We’ve been talking a lot lately about how we have to be like the Spurs,” Hassinger said of the NBA Western Conference champions. “We don’t have the one guy who can break people down off the dribble, but when we play collectively, we’re pretty good. Jon changes so many things for us that we’ll be OK.”

Contact Albert Grindle at (330) 721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.

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Albert Grindle is a sportswriter for the Gazette. He can be reached at 330-721-4043 or agrindle@medina-gazette.com.