Julius Randle works out with Los Angeles Lakers ahead of NBA Draft

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The Kentucky power forward declared himself a huge fan of the LA Lakers and Kobe Bryant at his individual workout with the team.

Julius Randle called himself 'the biggest Laker fan' at his pre-draft workout in Los Angeles, just nine days before he is likely to be taken in the NBA Draft.

The Kentucky power forward is expected to be a lottery pick in the Draft on June 26, and could well be in range when the Lakers make their selection at number seven.

Lakers Nation's Serena Winters reported Randle's comments on being a childhood Laker fan and what it would mean to be play alongside Kobe Bryant.

"It was definitely a humbling experience," the 19-year-old said. "I just kind of looked at the court, looked at the purple and gold, kind of just gave me chills right now. From a little kid, I grew up and I was the biggest Lakers fan probably more of a Kobe fan but it didn’t matter!"

"I heard Kobe’s a little tough on rookies, but I don’t care! Just to be in a program like this, an organization like this, with such great owners and such a great front office. City of Los Angeles, that expects nothing but championships. What more could I ask for?"

Randle's draft stock may have taken a hit recently after claims that the foot he fractured in high school would present a recurring problem over the course of the year and would need surgery. The Kentucky man was quick to refute the reports.

He said: "I met with the best foot doctor in the country and he said he wouldn’t do anything with my foot, so there’s no scheduled surgery or anything. I feel healthy, athletic, I’m moving great. No problems recovering and I’m ready to go."

Randle believes that the rumours surrounding his foot were started by teams looking to damage his draft stock in the hope that he would fall to them. He says that when it comes to the top big men available in the draft, he is the outstanding prospect.

"How would I rate myself against them? I feel like I’m the best one. I don’t put myself second to anybody. That’s my attitude on the floor. Attitude when I compete. That’s just how I was raised to be."

As bullish as Randle is about the state of his foot, it is hard to see him falling past seventh pick. He is an NBA-ready player with relatively good potential, and with the Lakers looking to have a big offseason turnaround after a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, drafting Randle would be an excellent start.