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Randle takes out the first Australia Post Fans MVP
[ooyala code="cydzYxMTE6nJr0F7QQLuAa7iWt11cXTn" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] The Adelaide 36ers’ Jerome Randle, who led all players in scoring this season, has won the 2015-16 NBL Australia Post Fan’s MVP Award, the NBL announced today. Randle was recruited by Adelaide mid-season, as a replacement for injured import Kenyon McNeail. The 175cm guard arrived shortly before the commencement of Round 3 and his dominant offensive abilities provided an instant spark for the 36ers. “[This award] means a lot, it means I’m getting the respect of the fans, not only in Adelaide but around Australia as a whole,” Randle said. “I’m very passionate and very fortunate to get this award and just to be able to play in the NBL.” Despite playing only 23 of Adelaide’s 28 regular season games, Randle received 42% of the total votes to win the Award. Rounding out the top three in the voting were the Perth Wildcats’ Casey Prather (22%) and Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding (8%). Randle finished the regular season ranked first in the NBL in scoring (23.0 ppg) and second in assists (5.1 apg), making him the first player in the NBL’s 40-minute era to average 20 or more points and 5 or more assists over the course of a season. With Randle leading the way, Adelaide came agonisingly lose to qualifying to its 24th appearance in the NBL Finals, having finished the regular season with a 14-14 record. His scoring, playmaking and ability to deliver in the clutch powered Adelaide’s high-paced team for much of the season. “I love to get the fans involved in the game, that’s just something I grew up with playing in the city of Chicago,” Randle said. “So getting this award really means a lot to me. I’d rather have a championship but I’m happy with this award and hopefully next year someone can pick me and I can get a ring.” Randle was named the NBL Player of the Month for January, a month in which he averaged 30.8 points and 6.2 assists per game. In addition, the lightning-quick point guard scored the most points in a single game this season when he led a spirited Adelaide comeback at home against the Sydney Kings in Round 16. Randle finished with a stunning 41 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while nailing 16-of-21 from the field and 5-of-7 from three-point range.