As expected, Kentucky star Julius Randle took the court at the Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, June 18. With just a little more than a week to go before the 2014 NBA Draft, the Jazz brass and people in general probably wanted to know how Randle’s foot would hold up during a workout.
Though the workout that Randle’s representatives chose probably wasn’t as realistic as Jazz brass or fans might have hoped, the Kentucky Wildcats star went through his paces in one-on-one drills on Wednesday--and the foot problems that Yahoo! Sports first reported Randle having didn’t seem to be a factor at all.
In fact, the one takeaway from Wednesday’s workout is that despite only being limited to one-on-one drills, Randle still broke a good sweat and seemed willing to answer most questions that media threw his way in the post-workout interview.
When asked by KSL reporter Rod Zundel if Randle would have a me-against-the-world mentality if he were selected by the Jazz with the No. 5 pick--now that his draft stock appeared to be dropping due in part to the recent Yahoo! Sports report--his response was honest.
“You can’t have that kind of attitude. At Kentucky I learned that the only way to get through hard times is stay together with your brothers and battle through the adversity,” he said.
Randle also showed a playful side, asking reporters if he should wear something in pink to the draft--this after Zundel told him that Karl Malone wore something interesting when he was drafted. Randle added that he felt his versatility and work ethic were traits that could help him get selected with the No. 5 pick or higher at the draft--and for an 18-year-old seemed remarkably poised about the decisions ahead of him.