Despite the 66-57 loss to the South Alabama Jaguars, congratulations are in order for Florida A&M freshman guard MJ Randolph, who has won the MEAC Rookie of the Week award.
Randolph, a guard from Pensacola, FL. has already played 189 minutes this season. Randolph is averaging eight points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
“MJ is a talented playmaker that can defend and get to the basket,” said team captain Justin Ravenel. “He is a player with length at 6”4’ that can rebound and it has helped us a lot.”
In their last game against South Alabama, Randolph had a total of nine points, two rebounds, and two assists.
Although Randolph was honored by this award, he knows it is still early in the season and is working to enhance his skills.
“It’s still early in the season, and there’s a lot more games to play. I’m just trying to stay focused and play hard.” Randolph said.
Veterans on the team, Ravenel and Tracy Hector, are witnesses of Randolph’s work ethic and were not surprised by his award.
“He brings a lot to the table even though he is a rookie, he still knows the game,” Hector said. “I feel that he deserves it. He works his butt off during practice and in games.”
Playing since the age of four, Randolph’s motivation has always come from his family.
“They give me so much support. I am the first in my family to play at a Division one college for basketball, so they try to make every game they can,” Randolph said.
In prospect for the rest of the season, Randolph intends to improve and learn from his older teammates.
“I know it’s still a lot of stuff I have to learn and improve on. I’m just learning and picking up tips from the older guys,” Randolph said.
This week the Rattlers are taking on the DePaul Blue Demons and Fort Valley State Wildcats, as they fight for the number one position in the MEAC.