Julius Randle Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Foot and Recovery

R. Cory Smith@@RCorySmithSenior Writer IJune 12, 2014

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 05: Julius Randle #30 of the Kentucky Wildcats falls to the ground during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal against the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Updates from Monday, July 7

Mike Trudell of Lakers.com provides a statement from Julius Randle discussing his foot injury:

Updates from Wednesday, July 2

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times has good news for Randle:

Updates from Monday, June 30

Dave McMenamin of of ESPNLosAngeles.com provides a synopsis of Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak discussing the Lakers' draft selection's injury status:

Updates from Thursday, June 19

Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding provides an update on Julius Randle's foot from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak:

Updates from Wednesday, June 18

Julius Randle is clearly not happy with the report he needs foot surgery, and he spoke about it again to reporters on Wednesday with a theory via Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA:

“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,” said Randle, adding that he would be ready to play in the summer league in July. “I feel healthy, athletic. I’m moving great. No problems recovering and I’m ready to go.”

Randle said he thought a team might have planted the story.

“I think a lot of it is coming from maybe some teams (whose) motive is maybe for me to fall in the draft to them, or certain teams may want me,” said Randle.

Updates from Friday, June 13

Mike Petraglia of WEEI in Boston has the latest on Randle:

Petraglia had more via Instagram:

Original Text

Carolyn Kyles, mother of Julius Randle, one of the most talked-about prospects in the 2014 NBA draft, disputes a report by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that her son will need to undergo surgery for an apparent foot injury. 

Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal provides a statement from Kyles discussing her son's health:

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. I know for a fact, because he is my son, there is no surgery scheduled, period, now or after.

Randle also spoke out about his health on his Twitter account:

Following the statements, Wojnarowski responded with more information about Randle's foot:

Wojnarowski originally reported Thursday morning Randle's apparent foot injury would require surgery: 

University of Kentucky forward Julius Randle, considered a top 10 pick, likely needs surgery on his right foot after the NBA draft in June, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The procedure is expected to keep Randle out six to eight weeks this summer, sources said, but there's a strong expectation within front offices that he'll be cleared for the start of training camp in the fall.

In this scenario, Randle would miss rookie summer league in July.

Wojnarowski later provided a statement from an Eastern Conference official on how this recent injury could affect Randle's draft status:

His draft stock isn't expected to be impacted because of the surgery, league executives said. Several executives said they considered this a minor issue

"He could drop some in the first round, but I don't think it will be because of the injury," one Eastern Conference official said.

While the injury could be a setback for one of the top players in the 2014 draft class, it's certainly not the first he's dealt with in recent months.

At the conclusion of the college basketball season, Randle was hampered by an ankle injury during the Final Four that took him off the court. Tim Sullivan of the Courier-Journal gave his first-hand account of the star forward's injury:

Jeff Drummond of Scout.com provided more description of the play:

When Kentucky was able to advance to the national championship game, Randle appeared to have shaken the ankle injury and started against UConn. Randle played a total of 34 minutes in the championship game, but once again suffered through cramps, per Eric Crawford of WDRB in Louisville:

The freshman sensation was a catalyst for Kentucky's offense throughout the season and shined during the NCAA tournament. With four straight double-doubles in the four rounds of play, Randle simply continued a trend, as ESPN Stats & Info points out:

At the conclusion of his lone season with Kentucky, Randle had averaged a double-double with 15 point and 10.4 rebounds per game, leading the Wildcats in both categories.

His athleticism and superior play leading up to the national championship game this past season also got the attention of opponents, as Jeff Goodman of ESPN notes:

At 6'9", 250 pounds, Randle is a dominant post player who has a chance to shine at the next level. But with the recent string of injuries popping up, there might be growing concerns for coaches and scouts at the next level.

Neither of the previous injuries appeared to be long-term concerns, so this could be a similar situation for Randle heading into some of the crucial parts of the draft process. 

Despite his one poor showing in championship game, Randle did enough throughout the season to make his mark on college basketball. Randle is a top-five pick on most 2014 NBA mock draft boards, including NBADraft.net, which has him going fifth overall to the Utah Jazz.

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