March 9, 2010
BERKELEY - California senior guard Jerome Randle was named a Sporting News' fourth team All-American on Tuesday. In addition, Randle and fellow senior guard Patrick Christopher have been selected to the All-District IX team by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Randle also garnered District IX Player of the Year honors. Both Randle and Christopher made the all-district team last year.
The last time the Golden Bears had a Sporting News' All-American was in 2008 when Ryan Anderson was named a second team All-American. Leon Powe was also picked as a second team All-American by the Sporting News in 2006.
On Monday, Randle was named the Pac-10 Player of the Year, and both Randle and Christopher were selected to the All-Pac-10 first team, as well.
Randle became the first Cal player and the sixth in Pac-10 history to record at least 1,700 points and 500 assists. He stands third on the Bears' all-time assist list with 510, in addition to holding school record in career three-pointers (242) and the season record (82 - set in 2009 and '10). Randle is also the No. 1 free throw shooter for the Bears, having made 92.7% this year and 87.6% for his career. Randle finished the regular season averaging 18.7 ppg and 4.5 apg and is closing in on Cal's all-time scoring record. He has 1,744 career points to date, just 32 points shy of Sean Lampley's mark of 1,776 points set from 1998-01.
Christopher, who is sixth on Cal's career scoring chart with 1,633 points, posted a season-high 28 points against Washington on Jan. 16. Christopher paced the Bears in scoring in five straight games from Dec. 5-29, including 25 vs. UC Santa Barbara on Dec. 29. He is second on the team in scoring averaging 16.0 ppg, second on the team in rebounds (5.5 rpg) and leads the team in steals with 51.
Randle and Christopher both earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors this season. Christopher won the award on Dec. 14 after recording his second straight double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) against Pacific. Randle, not only earned the conference's weekly honors, but he also was named the USBWA National Player of the Week on Feb. 15 after scoring 33 points against Washington and 24 vs. Washington State.
The USBWA district team is comprised of players from California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska, and Randle and Christopher are two of 10 players to earn the honor. The USBWA selects teams in nine districts across the country and they are determined by a vote of the membership.
Joining Randle and Christopher on the USBWA All-District IX squad are Matt Bouldin (Gonzaga), Landry Fields (Stanford), Elias Harris (Gonzaga), Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), Adrian Oliver (San Jose State), Quincy Pondexter (Washington), Omar Samhan (St. Mary's), Klay Thompson (Washington State).