The power forward will fall down NBA draft boards if the injury remains a major problem.
Julius Randle's place among the top picks in the NBA Draft is in jeopardy after reports that the former Kentucky man will likely require surgery on his foot.
The power forward broke his foot while playing in high school at Prestonwood Christian Academy. A screw was inserted and he played all 40 games of his one and only season at Kentucky, averaging 15 points and 10.4 rebounds.
Yahoo Sports' Adrien Wojnarowski reports, however, that the injury has caused NBA executives to question whether Randle is a worth the risk as a pick high up in the draft.
Multiple teams considering Randle in and out of draft lottery have his medical info and expect him to have surgery on foot. It is an issue.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 12, 2014
NBA teams are worried that Randle failing to undergo a relatively minor procedure this summer could leave him open to major problems later.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 12, 2014
Randle took to Twitter to fire back at Wojnarowski and to dismiss the report.
I never do this but it was brought to me and it's crazy how people put stories out there and have no clue what they are talking about.— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 12, 2014
No disrespect but check with the actual source next time before you put something like that out there @WojYahooNBA— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 12, 2014
Randle was considered one of the top three prospects heading into the college season, but Kentucky's disappointing performance in the NCAA tournament and the emergence of Joel Embiid saw the power forward fall into the 4-7 range.
The report will likely see Randle slip even further down draft boards - potentially out of the top ten or even out of the lottery if the foot is a major concern. It is perhaps telling that the Los Angeles Lakers, who own the seventh pick in the draft, elected not to invite him to their pre-draft workout last week.
Randle will, however, work out with the Boston Celtics on Friday. They own the number six pick.