After winning a title in the Czech Republic, Stanford's all-time leading scorer Chasson Randle is set to play on a very different type of stage. The former honorable mention All-American will try and make the New York Knicks' regular season roster with a strong showing in Orlando, home of the NBA's summer league.
Randle had a strong career on The Farm, making All Pac-12 first teams in his final two seasons. Under the guidance of former coach Johnny Dawkins, Randle led the Cardinal to two NIT championships, and was named the postseason NIT MVP in 2015. A threat from beyond the arc, Randle set the school record for three-point field goals made during his senior season.
After going undrafted last summer, the 6'2" guard tried his hand at making the Warriors' roster, but ultimately ended up settling overseas, helping his Czech team win its 13th consecutive title. Randle starred for CEZ Nymburk, finishing second on the team in scoring in the Euro Cup and first in three-point field goal percentage among regulars.
"As soon as I got back from the season in the Czech Republic, I went right out to Houston for a workout," Randle told QCOnline. "After that, I went out to a mini-camp with the Knicks and then to Brooklyn to work out for the Nets. The Knicks called my agent and said they were impressed and wanted me to play in the summer league."
Randle became the second Stanford player to sign a contract with New York since 2010, joining small forward Landry Fields, now a free agent.
Another New York-Stanford connection: the triangle offense. Randle played in a similar offensive system with Dawkins at Stanford, something that will give Randle some comfort.
"The terminology may be different, but the the style and plan is the same," Randle said to QCOnline. "That's the cool part and I felt right at home during mini-camp. I know the defensive will be something I have to adjust to and I'll adjust to that."
If Randle makes the roster, he could join a new-look Knicks team. After New York acquired Derrick Rose, Knicks' small forward Carmelo Anthony is reportedly lobbying for the team to sign Kevin Durant.