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April 30, 2010 > Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Jisaun Randle

Bill Mancebo's Player Spotlight: Jisaun Randle

This week the spotlight shines on Newark's Jisaun Randle.

Aggressively covering the positions of guard, forward and center for the Newark Memorial High School Cougars basketball team comes naturally for this young man. That's because basketball is the sport that truly fits him. He played a little baseball in his past but it just didn't work for him. Playing since age 11, Jisaun has always known that basketball is the one.

With a focus on education and using basketball as the means, Randle is soon looking at a possible scholarship at San Francisco State University (SFSU). He began mixing education with the sport two years ago when he incorporated his American Sign Language class with basketball. He found that teaching other players to use sign language to communicate during play offered a competitive edge. Soon after becoming a teacher's assistant (TA) in the subject he also found that he could sneak in some weight training once in a while performing his TA duties. This creative mix has made him the success that has now become.

Also a student in anatomy, his goal is to continue with his basketball career through college and then become a sports therapist. Randle then plans to work for a team and offer his skills to rehabilitate injured professional athletes.

Being a big fan of sports he does watch his share of it, mostly on ESPN and NBATV. He also likes to relax by listening to music, drawing and sharing a little quiet time with his family. If given a choice when the dinner bell rings, it will always be Mom's lasagna followed by banana pudding for dessert.

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