Fishers, Indiana has been churning out sports stars during its entire short existence. Many famous people from Fishers are somehow or another involved in Indiana sports, and many of these people play the most Hoosier of all sports: basketball. Perhaps this is why Indianapolis sports teams do so well in almost all categories of sport; they’re fueled by top notch players from the thriving Indy suburb of Fishers. 2010 NBA All-Star Zach Randolph is one of two power forwards to come from Fishers (the other is Indiana University star and Atlanta Hawks veteran Alan Henderson), and he has certainly seen his fair share of success in college and the NBA.
|Highlight video for Zach Randolph, a power forward NBA player from Fishers, Indiana|
Zach Randolph is an Indiana resident by birth: he was born in the small town of Marion, Indiana (home of Indiana Wesleyan University) in 1981. He grew up in the town, attending Marion High School and first achieving stardom on their basketball team. When he was just a sophomore, he helped lead Marion High School to the Indiana Class 4A Championship Game; unfortunately, Randolph and his teammates lost that game. However, Randolph again led his Indiana high school team to the state championships his senior year, and this time Marion High School emerged victorious. That year, Zach Randolph was in the running for the prestigious Indiana Mr. Basketball Award; he came in a close second behind Jared Jeffries.
|Video of an impressive half-court shot made by Fishers, Indiana resident Zach Randolph, a power forward for the Memphis Grizzlies|
From high school, Zach Randolph earned a berth at Michigan State University. He only played one season for the Spartans, but it was a whopper: Randolph performed well for the team, averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 rebounds a game, and the team finished with an impressive 28-5 record. The Spartans went on to participate in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four tournament and eventually won the championship game against Florida, 89 to 76. Zach Randolph decided to leave Michigan State University after his freshman year, instead opting to join the 2001 NBA Draft class.
The rapid move to the big leagues proved to be beneficial for Randolph. He was chosen 19th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers as a power forward. He played for the Blazers from 2001 to 2007 and amassed some impressive numbers during that time. He won the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award in 2004, signed a multi-million dollar contract extension, and earned his career high game in scoring and rebounds in his last game as a Trail Blazer. 2007, 2008, and 2009 was a bit of a tumultuous time for Zach Randolph. He was traded to the New York Knicks in 2007. The Knicks held on to Randolph for the 2007-2008 season before trading him to the Los Angeles Clippers; the sole black mark on Zach Randolph’s record came during his time with the Clippers, when he socked Suns player Louis Amundson in the face, an action that earned Randolph a suspension.
|Video of Fishers, Indiana resident Zach Randolph punching Louis Amundson during an NBA game, an act with earned Randolph a suspension|
However, things began to look up for Randolph after he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009. In the 2009-2010 season, Randolph racked up record breaking numbers. He ranked first in the NBA in offensive rebounds, led his team in scoring, and was in the top ten for field goals. Along the way, he set or tied 11 Memphis Grizzlies records in that season, earning him a berth in the 2010 NBA All-Stars game. This famous Fishers resident is still on the roster for the Memphis Grizzlies, and he’s looking to duplicate his success in the 2010-2011 season. A Hoosier born and bred, Zach Randolph has served his state well. He brought the state championship to small town Marion during his high school days, and won the national college championship during his single year at Michigan State. Despite some turbulent periods in the NBA, Zach Randolph has done extremely well for himself, and it looks his best basketball is yet to come.
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