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Jerusalem with back-to-back winners: Levi Randolph is MVP of April
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Jerusalem with back-to-back winners: Levi Randolph named April MVP

MIES (Switzerland) - Less than a month after Zach Hankins proudly showed off his MVP of March trophy to Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem fans in  Pais Arena, one of his teammates becomes the next in line to earn the accolade: Levi Randolph has been named MVP of the Month for April in the Basketball Champions League.

The 30-year-old forward helped Jerusalem reach their maiden Final Four by prevailing in a best-of-three Quarter-Final series against AEK, a matchup that went all the way to Game 3 and ended in a blowout to see the Israeli State Cup winners through.

Randolph had 12 points in Game 1, followed up with 28 points on the road in Athens, and then a 25-point outing to seal the deal at home in Game 3.

"It's always an honor to be able to receive an MVP award. It was great to be able to do it on a big stage in front of our fans," Randolph told championsleague.basketball.

The April MVP had earlier in the season hit a game-winner against SIG Strasbourg; Khadeen Carrington did the same against Hapoel Atsmon Holon; Mereks Mejeris dunked it for the win against Bakken Bears; Speedy Smith is in the voting for Star Lineup as a guard; Or Cornelius is in the mix for the Defensive Player of the Season, while Zach Hankins just won the MVP of March award.

It looks like Aleksandar Dzikic and the Hapoel Jerusalem front office assembled over the summer a roster that offers a wealth of options.

"It shows that we have a lot of depth and that we have had guys step up throughout our (Basketball) Champions League campaign," the April MVP said.


Randolph played in the BCL in its early days, with Sidigas Avellino, Dinamo BDS Sassari and SIG Strasbourg. He then left Europe in 2018, spending the following three years in the NBA G League and New Zealand, before coming back last season for another run in this competition. 

Randolph signed with Filou Oostende for the 2021-22 campaign, and was so impressive that he ended up leading all scorers in that season's  Basketball Champions League.

Excelling under Dario Gjergja and then moving to Dzikic as his playcaller makes it seems like coaches from the Balkans know how to find another gear to Levi's game.

"I have been very fortunate to play for two great coaches these last two seasons. They have helped me elevate my game and push me to get better every day. I appreciate them for that," he said.

Playing in Gjergja's and Dzikic's systems means one thing.: trophies. Randolph won the Belgian League and Supercup, while also picking up the BNXT Supercup and being named the BNXT League MVP. A move to Jerusalem saw him win the Israeli State Cup in February.

"We just have to keep winning and finish strong. Bringing home another trophy is the ultimate goal," he expressed his expectations ahead of the Final Four in Malaga in May.

It's no wonder that fans in Jerusalem have gone crazy over Randolph. With a lot of talent on the team, it seems like he is the one who connects everything together, the glue guy, the one who united them.

That's exactly what you expect from a man whose name means "united" or even "joined in harmony." Levi is loving his time in Israel, recently sharing a photo of his new tattoo to keep the memory of the 2022-23 run alive forever.

"My new tattoo says YALLA. I feel like it symbolizes my time in Israel. It's a word that I hear quite often and a word that I will continue using when I'm home. Yalla means let's go, but it can be used in many different ways."

Randolph will get to shout out "YALLA!" as he receives his MVP of April award in front of Jerusalem fans ahead of their next home game.

After that, he'll unite the fans and teammates in their quest to take down the defending champs Lenovo Tenerife in the Semi-Final clash on May 12.