In preparation for the June 26 NBA draft, the Lakers worked out Kentucky forward Julius Randle on Tuesday afternoon at the team's El Segundo practice facility.
"Julius looked phenomenal. He looks 100% healthy to me," said Mark Madsen, who won two titles as a player with the Lakers and is now a player development coach with the franchise.
A recent Yahoo Sports report said that Randle probably would need surgery on his right foot this summer to remove a screw that was put in to heal a high school injury.
"I met with the best foot doctor in the country, and he said he wouldn't do anything for my foot," Randle said. "There's no scheduled surgery or anything. I feel healthy, athletic. I'm moving great — no problem recovering. I'm ready to go."
Randle may or may not be on the board when the Lakers pick seventh overall in the draft. He'll work out next with the Utah Jazz (fifth pick), Sacramento Kings (eighth) and possibly the Milwaukee Bucks (second). He has previously auditioned for the Philadelphia 76ers (third), Orlando Magic (fourth) and Boston Celtics (sixth)
The 6-foot-9 Randle, in 40 games at Kentucky, averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds, while helping the Wildcats advance to the NCAA championship game.
Randle, who grew up a Lakers and Kobe Bryant fan, said he'd be happy to be picked seventh by the team.
"I heard Kobe was a little tough on rookies, but I don't care," Randle said. "The city of Los Angeles expects nothing but championships. What more can I ask for? I'm a little prepared for it because, coming from Kentucky — lose a game and they go crazy."
Randle is confident he can rival any of the top big men in the draft, including Kansas center Joel Embiid, Indiana forward Noah Vonleh and Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.
"I feel like I'm the best one. I don't put myself second to anybody," said Randle, who has lost five to 10 pounds since his college days, noting he ranges between 4% and 6% body fat.
In addition to his aggressive offensive game and strong rebounding, Randle believes he improved as a defender with the Wildcats.
"Last year was the first year I was ever held accountable on the defensive end," Randle said. "I can move my feet well, fast [and] athletic. I don't think it's going to be a struggle because I'm such a competitor."
Two weeks ago, the Lakers held a group workout with a number of potential prospects for the seventh pick, including Creighton's Doug McDermott, Syracuse's Tyler Ennis, UCLA's Zach LaVine, Kentucky's James Young, Louisiana Lafayette's Elfrid Payton, Vonleh and Gordon, among others.
The team is hoping to schedule another group workout Friday.
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