The Los Angeles Lakers who hold two late first round picks (No. 43 and No. 58) and are said to be intrigued by Jerome Randle’s skill-set. If Jordan Farmer isn’t the heir to Derek Fisher’s throne, then will it be Randle, who like Fisher is a bit undersized but is also a lefty with deep range?
Both Randle and Samhan worked out for the Dallas Mavericks, who hold the No. 50 pick in the draft. Here’s what ESPN Dallas/Forth Worth had to say about them:
Omar Samhan, 6-11, 265, Saint Mary’s
Notes: A traditional center with post moves and scoring touch, he averaged 22.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks a game as a senior. His goofy, magnetic personality helped him become a national sensation during the NCAA tournament after averaging 30.5 points on 75 percent shooting in the first two rounds to get the Cinderella Gaels into the Sweet 16.
Jerome Randle, 5-10, 160, California
Notes: The point guard averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 assists as a senior. While short in stature, Randle is an excellent jump shooter and was adept at hitting contested jumpers. He drained 40.4 percent of this 3-point attempts and shot 45.7 percent from the floor. He averaged 35.0 minutes a game. Randle is considered a sleeper by some.
I could see a slow, prodding but skillful center like Samhan replacing the Mav’s ultra-stiffs DaSagana Diop and Erick Dampier in the post. Personality alone, Samhan already makes those two seem irrelevant.