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 -- and 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.
But the healing process hasn't been fully cooperational -- the screw implanted in his foot has to come out -- and now one team source tells ESPN.com Randle's likelihood for surgery "is an issue." He would be out for 6-8 weeks, per Yahoo's report. That would mean he'd be a go in time for next season, but Randle would miss summer league play in Las Vegas, which has become more and more of a big part of the transitional process.
The UK power forward is still going through team workouts. ESPN.com reports he'll show off for the Boston Celtics on Friday.
Randle's freshman season pretty much lived up to the hype. He was a dominant force for Kentucky, wound up being a major factor to getting the Wildcats to the national title game, and along the way proved to be a fairly dynamic/aggressive force. He was the SEC Freshman of the Year and a Third Team All-American.