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Zach Randolph out of Michigan State
College: Michigan State
Height: 6'-9"
Weight: 270
Class: Freshman
Birth Date: July 16, 1981
Age: 38 years, 33 days old
HomeTown: Marion, IN
NBA Comparison: Elton Brand
Clutchcity.net Notes on Zach Randolph
Let's call it "baby fat" because there is really nothing soft about Zach Randolph. This protypical power forward from Michigan State has the size and the moves to make him a dominant player in the NBA. Scored 10.8 points and grabbed 6.7 boards a game his freshman year. Struggled a bit but his size and agressiveness on the boards makes him hard to overlook. Randolph has nimble moves and great footwork depsite his big frame and scouts are salivating over his rebounding tenacity and low post moves.

Coach Tom Izzo said of Randoph, "He has great hands, great strength and a knack for scoring in the post."

Strengths of Zach Randolph
Randolph is the classic back-to-the-basket post player. He has terrific moves in the paint and is fierce on the boards. He has developed a nice shooting touch and really moves well with or without the ball despite his significant frame. He is also very intellegent and has a good understanding of the game.
Weaknesses of Zach Randolph
If there was one key area of weakness for him, it is defense. Izzo even pulled him from the starting line up at one point to go with a better defender. He will have to improve his defensive skills in the NBA. Randolph probably needs more time in college but he has financial issues and opted for the dollar signs in the NBA. Who can blame him? He would do well to sit behind an experienced forward and learn for a year.
Randolph on the Rockets?
Deciding on a player like Randolph has a lot to do with how the Rockets plan to address the power forward spot in free agency. Obviously, if Mo Taylor returns or Chris Webber signs in Houston, a player like Randolph wouldn't have a place here. Chances are he'll be gone when the Rockets pick and that's just as well since they seem to have their sights set elsewhere.
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