After all the hubbub about Kentucky forward Julius Randle possibly playing in a Utah Jazz uniform on numerous Mock Draft boards, the team will finally get a chance to see if the 6-10 star out of Dallas lives up to all the hype.
Randle will participate in a pre-draft workout at the Zions Bank Basketball Center on Wednesday, June 18, giving Jazz brass a chance to evaluate his ailing foot--as well as determine if the Kentucky star is worth taking with the No. 5 pick the Jazz have at the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft.
Randle’s draft stock is tumbling as quickly as former Kentucky product DeMarcus Cousins did a few years ago, in part to a foot injury Randle suffered in high school that did not properly heal. Randle averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats, helping lead them to the NCAA Championship game which Kentucky lost.
He worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday--and according to the Los Angeles Times and Lakers player development coach Mark Madsen--there weren’t any foot problems, nor would there be any need for foot surgery, as was previously reported.
In any case, the Jazz will likely work Randle hard on Wednesday to test out the foot--though the Kentucky star opted to participate in a one-on-one workout, and not the 3-on-3 workout that the Jazz prefer to conduct to evaluate NBA draft prospects.
Randle will be joined by Towson guard Mike Burwell in one-on-one drills. Six other players will also be participating in pre-draft workouts on Wednesday, most notably Connecticut forward DeAndre Daniels.
Daniels, who averaged 13 points and six rebounds as a junior, helped lead UConn to a win over Randle and Kentucky in the NCAA Championship game, so it would have been interesting to see Daniels and Randle collide.
Alas, that won’t happen in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. But, Daniels will compete for a chance to be selected with the Jazz No. 35 pick. He'll participate in three-on-three drills against forwards Casey Prather of Florida and Tristan Spurlock of UCF, and guards Langston Hall of Mercer, Kendall Williams of New Mexico and Tennessee guard Jordan McRae.
Daniels and McRae are both mentioned in several mock drafts as potential second round picks so a particularly close eye will likely be paid to them as well.