Bench No. 1: Mark Randall (1986-1991)
It seems like the late ’80s and early ’90s Kansas Jayhawks teams are easily forgotten despite the success they had under Williams. Kansas made it to the 1991 NCAA Title game in Williams’ third season and also claimed a Final Four during the ’93 season. One of the best Jayhawks during those obscure years was power forward Mark Randall.
Here are some of Randall’s stats from his time as a Jayhawk:
- 1991 National championship runner-up
- 1-time Conference champion
- 1991 Third-team All-American
- 1991 First-team All-Big Eight
- No. 14 in all-time scoring at Kansas
Randall played his freshman season under Larry Brown before redshirting the 1987-88 season when Kansas won the national title. He played his final three and most productive seasons under head coach Roy Williams where he was a key factor.
Unfortunately, Randall’s best season came when the Jayhawks were facing a postseason ban due to NCAA violations. He put up 16 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during the tournament-less season.
It was Randall’s senior year where he really shined through.
He averaged 15 points and 6.2 rebounds per game during the ’91 season which was second on the team for both categories. The Jayhawks won the Big Eight and then advanced through the NCAA Tournament all the way to the title game.
The Jayhawks were ultimately bested by Christian Laettner and Duke in the championship, but that Kansas team far exceeded the expectations they were given.
After his final year of eligibility and a successful collegiate career, Randall was taken in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls.