Jazz impressed by Julius Randle

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Julius Randle's talent is unquestioned. As a freshman at Kentucky, Randle led the entire nation in double-doubles with 24, and he led the Wildcats all the way to the national title game.

What is uncertain is the status of his supposedly injured foot. Reports came out last week saying Randle was going to require surgery at some point. But Randle said those reports are bogus.

"I did my homework and spoke to the best foot doctor in the country," Randle said. "There's no issue with my foot. I got through five workouts. I'm good and ready to go for summer league wherever I go. That's all I know. I don't know anything about surgery."

So where did these reports originate?

"I don't know," Randle said. "Maybe certain teams want you to fall to them, so they put it out there. But, I can't worry about that. I'm a basketball player. All I know how to do is work."

"Do we have a concern about his foot?" asked Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin. "No."

The Jazz don't just like his foot, they like the entire package. At 6-foot-9, 250 pounds, Randle already has an NBA body. He averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds at Kentucky and has shown an intensity the Jazz love. If they keep the 5th overall pick, Randle will be in the right mix along with Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh and possibly Marcus Smart.

"First and foremost, he's a great kid," said Perrin. "He's a great person. He has an extremely high motor as a basketball player. He's a lot stronger than I think he even realizes. So, I think he has a great upside."

"I think that's one of my biggest strengths," Randle said. "I'm hungry. I'm hungry to get better."

Playing at a program like Kentucky, Randle thrived playing in the national spotlight which should prepare him for life in the NBA.

"Kentucky has so much tradition, so much expectations," Randle said. "Every year, there's hype around the program. The biggest thing is I didn't pay attention to it."

Randle believes he would fit in nicely with the Jazz young core. He said he was impressed by the entire Jazz organization, but was especially blown away by the scenery.

"This is my first time here," he said. "I got to the hotel and didn't really know what to expect. I had a great view of the mountains and everything. I didn't really get a chance to go around the city, so I don't know much about it, but I like my view so far."

Jazz fans may like the view of Randle playing on the Jazz front court. The NBA Draft is June 26th.

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