Do-it-all War Hawk has desire to heal sick kids

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McMurry University has a true renaissance man walking its campus.

LaRandall Scroggins is a powerful, 6-foot-5 forward for the men's basketball team. He leads the War Hawks in points, rebounds and minutes per game, as well as four other statistical categories.

"He's done a great job," head coach Zach Pickelman said. "I don't think we get him enough shots."

But, Scroggins has several varied interests off the court. The senior is the president of McMurry's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, an avid hunter and fisherman, and an Eagle Scout.

While in high school he worked on lightning for theater performances, and was in the American Sign Language club, although he admits to being a bit rusty.

He's also a biomedical science major. It was through community service projects while in the Boy Scouts that he helped at a children's hospital. There he was inspired to help those in need.

"That kind of shaped me to see those innocent lives suffer at such an early age, and adolescence still," said Scroggins. "Try to help them to live their best life and grow old and healthy."

Scroggins wants to become a cancer researcher where he can help educate people about different treatments, preventive measures, causes and cures for cancer.

Scroggins' father is a family practitioner in the Dallas area, which at first made LaRandall shy away from studying anything medical.

He tried engineering, but it wasn't his thing. Instead, he knows helping to heal sick children is what he wants to do.

"I wouldn't want anybody else trying to figure out causes and cures for cancer," said Pickelman. "I think that's awesome."

Following his graduation from McMurry, Scroggins plans to get his master's degree in public health at Texas Tech.

"[I want to] try to find out what causes cancer, and a way to eliminate it," said Scroggins.

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