by Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
Levi Randolph cooked up something special for his second season in the Wine & Gold, embodying the moniker of Chef Boyar-Lee.
“Levi is the ultimate pro,” said Head Coach Nate Reinking. “He’s consistently played at a high level which led him to wear an NBA and USA jersey this season. It’s been an honor to be able to coach a person and player of his caliber.”
The Alabama veteran led the Charge after averaging 16.9 points per game and was a constant force on the court, averaging 34.6 minutes of action a game, which was good for 9th across all NBA G League players. Randolph shot a whopping 48.6% from the floor and was deadly with a 34.3 three-point percentage.
Randolph got a different kind of call up midway through the season, dawning a jersey with the letters ‘USA’ on the front as Levi suited up for Team USA for the 2020-21 FIBA AmeriCup qualifiers. Randolph was joined by fellow-Charge teammate J.P. Macura, helping Team USA to finish the opening round undefeated with back-to-back wins against Puerto Rico (83-70, 95-73).
When asked about the second-year player, Charge GM Brendon Yu commented, “Levi is a pro’s pro. His habits have helped turn him into the player he is today and will help him at the next level. Levi is a well-rounded wing that any team could use and helped us win a lot of games the past couple years. He does so many things well and I believe he could contribute on an NBA floor today.”
Randolph delivered 14 20+ scoring games and two 30+ games in a COVID shortened season, including a record-breaking performance in Westchester on February 8th. Randolph was unstoppable with a team season-high 47 points (no three’s might we add), shooting 75% from the floor to capture a crucial 3OT win. Levi led the Charge in points nine times throughout the season and dished out the sweet stuff, leading the team in assists eight times.
“Levi was such a steadying influence on the Charge, Mr. Reliable,” said longtime Charge play-by-play man Scott Zurilla. “Always ready to go, not only did he lead the team in scoring, but he did a little bit of everything even on nights his shot wasn’t falling. The Charge don’t win 29 games without him. And a really great guy on top of that.”
Randolph not only performed on the court, but was a crucial member of the Canton community off the court as well, finishing second in voting for the NBA G League Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award, which honors the player who best represents the ideals of character and conduct on the court and in the community.