SALT LAKE CITY — Two days after bringing in possible top-five pick Noah Vonleh, the Utah Jazz brought in another possible top-five pick for a workout Wednesday at the Zions Bank Basketball Center.
Julius Randle, who helped lead his Kentucky team to the NCAA championship game in March, participated in a two-man workout with Towson guard Mike Burwell.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward disputed rumors about a bad foot and said he would fit in well with the Jazz organization.
“I did my homework and spoke to the best foot doctor in the country and there’s no issue with my foot,’’ he said. “I’ve gone through five workouts and I’m ready to go for summer league wherever I am. That’s all I know. I don’t know anything about surgery.’’
When asked where those rumors might come from, he said, “I can’t worry about that. I’m a basketball player and all I know how to do is work, produce and play hard for my team and care about the person next to me.’’
Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin was high on Randle and said the Jazz had “no concerns’’ about his foot. Although he didn’t compare him with Vonleh, Perrin was very high on Randle, who is ranked behind Vonleh in most mock drafts.
“First and foremost, he’s an absolute great kid — great person,’’ Perrin said, “He has an extremely high motor as a basketball player. He’s a lot stronger than even he realizes. He’s got a great upside.’’
As for any downsides, Perrin said, “He needs to increase his shooting ability and shooting range. Anybody who comes into the league has to learn how to play better defense.’’
Randle worked out for the Lakers the day before and many mock drafts have him going there. However, Randle indicated he would be happy to join the Jazz.
“They have a great new coach and the Jazz organization is tremendous,’’ he said. “I think I fit in well. I’m a very versatile player so I can play many different ways and can adjust to many different situations. It would be a good fit here. Anywhere I go I’m going to try to make something happen. My expectations are for a championship and here would be a great spot for it.’’
Randle isn’t known as a shooter, but Perrin said he “shot it pretty well’’ from the 20-foot range.
Among those brought in for the morning session were Connecticut’s DeAndre Jordan, Florida’ s Casey Prather, Mercer’s Langston Hall, Central Florida’s Tristan Spurlock and New Mexico’s Kendall Williams.
The 6-9, 195-pound Jordan, who was a member of the Huskies’ NCAA championship team, is considered a late first-rounder or early second-rounder, which would make him a possibility for the Jazz at No. 23 or 35.
JAZZ NOTES: Perrin commented on a tweet by Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart, another possible top-five pick, saying the Jazz weren’t interested in him. “I have talked to his agent three or four times. So he knows we have interest in Marcus. Whatever the reason is they don’t want him to come in, that’s on them.’’ ... Rudy Gobert was seen walking to the weight room after Randle’s workout, but Perrin said he’s “just in here working out, getting some shots in and trying to stay in condition.’’ ... The Jazz don't have any workouts scheduled for Thursday and wouldn’t say if any more would happen before next week’s NBA draft.
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