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Hartselle Enquirer

‘Being a team player is everything’

Danville’s Dustin Randolph shares his basketball philosophy

By Lauren Estes For the Enquirer

While watching the Danville basketball team play, fans might notice the 215-pound, 6-foot-1 center accounting for seven points per game. For Dustin Randolph, scoring is just a way to contribute to his teammates.
Randolph said being a team player means much more to him than being a leading scorer ever could.

“The only individual goal I have set for myself is to do whatever it takes to help my team win,” Randolph said. “As far as the team goes, I hope to make it past the area and regional playoff. “To me, being a team player means everything,” Randolph added. “When you have the ability to trust your teammates and encourage them even when something goes wrong, everybody wins.” The 17-year-old sports No. 50 in the paint on purple-and-gold basketball nights. He said he has been playing basketball for four years, but he hasn’t always been confident in the sport.

“When I first started playing basketball, I was nervous about getting out in front of everyone; now it’s pretty much second nature,” Randolph said. “Playing for this program the past four years has been an amazing experience, and I would like to thank everyone that has been a part of it.”

All games are important to Randolph, as they each play a role in the success of the season; however, there are a few that stand out.
“Certain games really show people need to step up when it’s their time,” Randolph said. “The game I have circled would be the first game of the area tournament. It’s just a reminder that when that day comes, nothing from previous games matters. We win or we go home, and that motivates me.”

Danville head coach Scott Ellis said Randolph embodies what is great about high school athletes.
“I can’t say enough good things about Dustin,” Ellis said. “He works hard on the court and in the classroom. He’s the epitome of a team player and leads by example. He’s the type of guy you want to be associated with. He is always positive and quick to give a smile to everyone he interacts with. He is such a selfless young man that is truly a blessing to be around.”
On top of Randolph’s seven points per game average, he also managed six rebounds per game. Danville’s record is currently 8-10.

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