Versailles senior Quinn Randall was willing to put his body on the line for a statistic that does not usually make the headlines or even really appear in a box score. It certainly could make a difference in the game, though.
Versailles senior Quinn Randall was willing to put his body on the line for a statistic that does not usually make the headlines or even really appear in a box score.
It certainly could make a difference in the game, though.
Over the course of his career at Versailles, Randall racked up more charges taken than any other Tiger who came before him. The senior already attained that honor as a junior when he took 35 last season alone to put him at 38 for his career, which was 13 more than anyone else. Those 35 charges also broke a single season record as no other player before him had more than 19.
“It is a weird one because not many people know about it but I think it is pretty cool just because it is a momentum changer in each basketball game,” Randall said of the feat.
“It is a painful one to do and does not get noticed very often,” he added with a smile.
Versailles coach Jason Ollison was certainly thankful to have a player like that on the defensive end of the floor.
“Most teams in our conference have shot blockers to protect the rim and we had a 5-foot-10 ‘spark plug ‘that protected the rim for us. He took the job serious,” the coach remarked. “He did not want people coming in and scoring on him. He knew he could not get up and contest with them at the rim so he got in position and made sure they could not get to the rim.”
And it is not exactly like Randall was ever afraid of contact and the idea of having to be completely still while a player on the other team came barreling through the lane to knock him over. After all, the senior finished with the most tackles on the football team this past fall with 89 to his credit and 30 more than any other player. Ollison took notice.
“He was always willing to do what nobody else wanted to do on the team and it did not matter what it was,” the coach pointed out. “Whether it was picking up after everyone in practice or stepping up to take a charge or making sure someone had a ride home after practice, he was always willing to do the things most of the guys were ‘too cool’ to do or did not feel like they had to do.
“That is a testament to the way he is raised, the family he has and the way they carry themselves. He is just as important to our program as any other player we've had.”
As a senior, Randall took 38 charges and his record is five in one game that took place against Osage back in January. Finishing his career with 76 total charges, it is the sixth most any player has ever put together for a career in the state of Missouri.
For Randall, it simply came down to anticipation to consistently get calls to go his way.
“You just have to be where they don’t know you’ll be and I’m pretty short so I’m pretty good at them not seeing me and just being in the way,” the senior said of the art of taking a charge.
“I’ve kind of done it since middle school. I find it easy just to fall.”
While Randall may have taken plenty of bumps and bruises, the senior said his career was a fun one as it also involved being part of two district championship teams and a state quarterfinal run. He also had the privilege of playing with his older brother Shane, a 2017 graduate.
“I got to play with Shane my freshman year and that was pretty cool. We were all a pretty close group of people so we got along really well and played well together,” he noted.
Unfortunately, Ollison now has to find a new rim protector on defense and maybe one day there will be another Tiger willing to take a few charges.
“The level of intelligence that kid has, not just on the basketball floor but in all athletics, is incredible. For him to be able to do that but then be willing to put his body through that to make it happen, he is just a great kid and we are going to miss him a bunch,” the coach said.