Julius Randle to work out for Lakers on Tuesday ahead of NBA draft


The Lakers will work out Kentucky forward Julius Randle on Tuesday in El Segundo at the team’s practice facility.

Randle is a 6-foot-9, 19-year-old power forward who helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA championship game, before falling to the Connecticut Huskies.

Through 40 games at Kentucky, Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds. The left-handed freshman projects to be a top-10 pick in the NBA draft on June 26.


The Lakers, who have the seventh overall pick, recently worked out a number of prospects in a group setting, including Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis, UCLA’s Zach LaVine, Kentucky’s James Young, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Elfrid Payton and Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, among others.

Randle was a notable absence in the group setting, but he’ll get the chance to show the Lakers what he has to offer individually on Tuesday.

As a player, Randle is an aggressive scorer and prolific rebounder. He doesn’t have dominant NBA size as a power forward but should be able to contribute early in his career.

A Yahoo Sports report recently warned that Randle “likely needs surgery on his right foot” to remove a screw that was put in place to heal a high school injury.

Randle has since denied his foot is a concern.

The Lakers selected Duke’s Ryan Kelly with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, despite the fact he was recovering from a foot surgery that kept him sidelined for most of the summer. After a slow start, Kelly proved to be a productive rookie. He is expected to be a restricted free agent this summer.

Other top-10 prospects, potentially in the Lakers’ range at seven, include Australia’s Dante Exum, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas, Duke’s Rodney Hood, Bosnia’s Jusuf Nurkic and Croatia’s Dario Saric.


Kansas pair Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, along with Duke’s Jabari Parker, aren’t expected to be on the board when the Lakers draft at seven. It’s unlikely that Exum will still be available for the Lakers -- but the NBA draft is anything but predictable.

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