June 25, 2024


The daughter of former NBA All-Star Zach Randolph, the California forward is the fifth player the Cardinals have committed to in the 2024 recruiting class.

LOUISVILLE, KY: Jeff Walz and the women’s basketball team at Louisville have failed miserably in their recruitment efforts, missing out on yet another highly skilled player with excellent basketball ancestry.

Mackenly Randolph, a five-star talent in the Class of 2024 out of Chatsworth, California, revealed on Saturday that she has verbally committed to the Cardinals. Out of the two finalists, Michigan State and Notre Dame, she choose Louisville.

Zach “Z-Bo” Randolph, a former NBA big man who was a two-time All-Star with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010 and 2013, is Randolph’s father. During his 17 NBA seasons, the elder Randolph also played for the Portland Trailblazers, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings.

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Randolph is the second NBA All-Star’s daughter prospect to pledge to Louisville in 2024. This past October, Izela Arenas, the daughter of NBA guard Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards, committed to the Cardinals. Arenas and Randolph are Sierra Canyon High School teammates.

The 6-foot forward is more than simply an NBA star’s daughter. ESPN ranks Randolph as the No. 6 forward and No. 21 prospect for the 2024 cycle. He is also a McDonald’s All-American for 2024.

This past Friday, Randolph led Sierra Canyon to the CIF Southern Section Open Division championship game as a senior. However, the team lost to Etiwanda 65-44. Before Friday’s championship game, the Trailblazers had a 30-2 record and were regarded as the fourth-best team in the country.

Along with her domestic experience, Randolph represented the USA Basketball Women’s U17 National Team in the 2022 FIBA U17 World Cup. She averaged 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in seven games, which helped the United States win the gold.

With Randolph’s pledge, Louisville will have five recruits in the 2024 cycle: Arenas, Taijianna Roberts of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida; Anaya Hardy of Detroit, Michigan; and Australian post Isla Juffermans.

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