As he led Potomac through the Maryland state playoffs last season, guard Randall Broddie developed a habit of announcing himself.
His first touch of seemingly every late-round playoff game turned into a bullet, one fired from deep, straight through the net to light up the scoreboard. Broddie shot home his point early: stopping him would be necessary, but not easy.
This summer, Broddie announced himself to the AAU circuit just as definitively. He built on that standout playoff run, in which he scored 27 points or more in three of five games, with an explosive summer with Team Takeover that’s launched him into his final season with Potomac with sky-high expectations.
His big sophomore season and summer showing rocketed Broddie up recruiting boards. Memphis, Villanova, Cincinnati, DePaul, SMU, Penn State, and Miami (Fla.) have all offered. and he says he’s getting interest from several Big Ten schools, too. A reclassifier from the class of 2015, Broddie has one more year of eligibility at Potomac, where he’ll play this season before transferring to prep school for one more year of high school basketball.
The 6-3 Broddie averaged more than 20 points per game last season as a skinny pure scorer surrounded by talent, but rarely afraid to take his shot anyway. This summer, he’s grown into the role he’ll have to fill at Potomac: the no-doubt leading scorer able to carry his team and contribute on both ends.
Broddie played at just over 160 pounds last season. He’s now up to 178 and says he’s “still very comfortable with it,” and “likes the weight.”
“When I go up for layups, I’m not falling on the ground. Going up for dunks, layups, the contact doesn’t hurt,” Broddie said. “I used to finish through contact and fall on the ground, get bruises, and feel it after the games. Now, I don’t feel it as much, it doesn’t bother me at all.”
Broddie was a fearless slasher already, so where the summer has really helped him, he says, is in rounding out his game.
“I was used to playing off talent, but it’s more of a game now,” Broddie said. “My IQ has really gotten better, my defense has gotten better, my communication. They’re teaching me how to be a leader, because that’s what I’ll have to do this year.”
Broddie led with scoring last season, by hitting those threes — then several more big shots each game — to steady the eventual 2A state champions when they teetered. With Dion Wiley gone to Maryland and big man Quadree Smith graduated from the middle, Broddie will have to guide, steady, and propel Potomac this season. He believes he’s ready to do it.
“Coach [Renard] Johnson isn’t going to pressure me about it, but I know with Dion gone I have to pick up where he left off,” Broddie said. “But it’s not just me, we have other pieces. We’ll still be in the same position as last year.”
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