Poor Julius Randle.
For a while, Randle was thought to be in the running for the prestigious status of being the number one pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. As his freshman year progressed, however, Randle’s stock declined in value, although he never fell out of the top five.
Until recently, that is, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports published a report that Randle will require foot surgery that will keep him sidelined until training camp begins.
Suddenly, there is talk of Randle slipping all the way down to the tenth spot in the draft – or worse:
Once thought to be in the running as the No. 1 pick, Kentucky product Julius Randle has now slipped to sixth, seventh or eighth in most mock drafts — but could he fall further?
If so, a reported necessary surgery on his right foot could be the culprit. Yahoo Sports is reporting Randle will go under the knife after the draft. The foot was previously worked on during Randle’s senior year of high school after he fractured a bone in it.
While some executives claim not to be too concerned with the idea of Randle going under the knife, at least one league executive told ESPN.com, “This is an issue. The foot didn’t heal right.”
Meanwhile, Randle’s mother is dismissing all the surgery talk as rumors and nothing more:
Everything with Julius is fine. There is no surgery scheduled whatsoever. Nothing. They don’t have a clue. They haven’t spoken to us. They haven’t spoken to Julius’ doctor.
For his part, Randle is just going about business as usual: he had a private workout with the Philadelphia 76ers yesterday, and has another one scheduled with the Celtics today. From what I have read he may also be working out with the Utah Jazz, too. I’m sure he is motivated to prove that his foot is perfectly fine, and watching him last year (especially during the University of Kentucky’s run to the NCAA Championship game), he sure didn’t seem to be limited by a foot that didn’t heal properly. Still, it’s a potential story worth following, especially for those of us who are not in love with the idea of Boston using the 6th pick on Randle even if he is 100% healthy.