When asked whether he would be ready to play Temple's opening NCAA tourney game vs Penn State, Scootie Randall's response was simply, "yes." The junior swingman has been down with an injured foot since mid February, but after missing the Atlantic 10 tournament, has returned to practice full time with the Owls and appears ready for the tournament.â†µ
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that in his return to practice, Randall "showed great movement, moved without a limp, and constantly yelled out defensive instructions to teammates."â†µ
While Randall seems to have little doubt that he'll be ready to go, Temple coach Fran Dunphy seems to be a bit more cautious.â†µ
He’s going to run around a little bit tomorrow. The doctor will be there and we’ll just make a decision," Dunphy said. "He hasn’t practiced since Feb. 17 – that was his last hard run. He has to weigh that and we have to weigh that. If he can play, we’ll throw him out there and see what he does."â†µ
Randall started 25 games for Temple this year averaging 11.6 ppg and was one of the teams' best defenders.