By Ellie Lieberman
Chasson Randle won the Illinois state championship while in high school, is the leading all-time scorer at Stanford, and has played on dominant squads like Real Madrid and the Washington Wizards. Despite his on-court success, even Chasson Randle has had to battle back in situations when he was counted out.
In his episode of Mental Buckets, he talks with Packie and Mike about how he stayed true to himself in the toughest of situations, such as when he went un-drafted in the 2016 NBA Draft. Despite this, Randle has provided essential playmaking and off-court leadership when playing with Real Madrid, the Wizards, in China and in the G-League. It’s easy to wonder how he does this and in response he said,
“Some things you can control. Some things you can’t. Are you going to sit and cry about it or make the best of it and continue to fight for it? I was terrified once I didn’t get drafted and thought I would never play basketball again.”
Despite that, Randle put his head down and worked overseas, in the G League, and every time he hits the UPB gym. His dedication to the craft is unparalleled and that’s why he’s won a championship with Real Madrid and made it to the Sweet 16 with Stanford.
“You just gotta ride the wave,” Randle said. “There’s good that can come from anything.”
Randle is the epitome of making the best of his situation and is currently averaging five points, two rebounds and two assists per game for the Orlando Magic. And that’s not all. Off the court, Randle is a founder of Volokit, a high-end streetwear brand. For Randle the learning never stops and that is something we all in itself can take away from his time in the UPB gym and beyond.
There’s one particular exercise Clair Steele will never forget from UPB. And that’s Packie’s famous five-minute plank that would be thrown in at the end of workouts. Clair Steele used to dread those planks.