Former Broughton High basketball standout Shavlik Randolph is building a reputation for his toughness with the Boston Celtics.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers recently compared the 6-foot-10, 236-pound former Duke player (2002-2005) to professional boxer Jerry Quarry.
“He leads with his face, like Jerry Quarry,” Rivers said Sunday after the Celtics beat Raleigh’s John Wall and Washington Wizards, 107-96.
“That’s an unbelievable compliment,” said Randolph after getting 8 points, 7 rebounds and a bloody nose in 15 minutes.
“I feel like I’m a boxer or something,” Randolph told Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe. “I’m getting hit, like, every game. I got hit so hard in the Memphis Grizzlies game a few weeks back. Since then, every time it gets hit, it starts bleeding. I feel like Rocky Balboa or something.”
Randolph, a 2002 Broughton graduate, recently has replaced 2000 Enloe High grad Chris Wilcox as the first big man off the bench.
Randolph was playing for the Foshan Long Lions in the Chinese Basketball Association this year before signing consecutive 10-day contracts with the Celtics. He recently signed a multiyear contract with Boston.
In his past six games, Randolph is averaging 7.2 points on 74 percent shooting (17 of 23) and 5.5 rebounds in 16 minutes per game.
Wolfpack twins to Oak Hill: N.C. State basketball recruits Caleb and Cory Martin will leave Davie High next year and finish their high school career at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill Academy. They are 6-6 juniors.
Caleb averaged 19.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists. Cody averaged 15.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Oak Hill coach Steve Smith also has 6-5 Virginia recruit B.J. Stith, the son of former Cavaliers standout Bryant Stith, and Terrence Phillips, the younger brother of former Oak Hill standout Brandon Jennings.
“We should have a great team,” Smith said. “We could use a great big man, but so could almost everyone else. In the games we struggled this year, it was against teams that were really big and physical inside.”
Oak Hill was 33-6 last season, its most losses since 1988.
Track stars: Ravenscroft’s Wesley Frazier, Cary’s Bakri Abushouk and Southeast Raleigh’s Temetris Morrison are the national high school leaders in their track and field events, according to track statistician Jim Spier.
Frazier’s 10:01.70 in the two mile leads the nation by about 11 seconds. Morrison is top in the 400-meter hurdles (61.67) and Abushouk is tops in the 5,000 meters (14:34.44).
The Wakefield girls 4x400 (3:43.71) is third in the country.
The N.C. High School Athletic Association’s longest event is the 3,200 and the NCHSAA uses the 300-meter hurdles instead of the 400-meter hurdles.
Tudryn honored: Carrboro High football coach Jason Tudryn has been named as one of eight winners of the NCHSAA’s coaches who make a difference. The award is named in honor of the late Homer Thompson, the long-time Winston-Salem Parkland coach and member of the NCHSAA Hall of Fame.
The award is given to coaches who make a positive impact on high school athletes.
Powell in Vegas: Landon Powell, a former baseball star at Apex High, has started the season with the New York Mets’ Class AAA Las Vegas club. He was in competition this spring to be the Mets’ backup catcher.
Powell played three seasons in the major leagues and caught a perfect game by the Oakland Athletics’ Dallas Braden against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010.
Wake County track: The Wake County track and field championships are scheduled for Saturday at Athens Drive High. Many of the top performers in the state, and some of the best in the nation, are expected to compete.
Field events are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m. Track finals are set to begin at 11:30 a.m.