Randle's draft position sliding?

Randle's draft position sliding?

Could UK's Julius Randle really be sliding out of the Top 10 in the upcoming NBA Draft? Some draft analaysts believe it could be happening.

In the most recent update of ESPN's mock draft (Subscriber Feature), the Kentucky freshman had falled all they way to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 10 after being considered a strong candidate for the first five picks throughout the season.

According to several published reports, there is lingering concern about a potential foot injury and the 6-9 forward's ability to defend at the next level.

Still, other draft analysts think Randle is still a good bet to go higher. He's been projected as a good fit for the Utah Jazz at No. 5, the Los Angeles Lakers at No. 7 or the Sacramento Kings at No. 8. He recently had a good individual work out with L.A.

Of course, many UK fans wouldn't be too disappointed to see Randle team with former Cat Nerlens Noel in Philly, but a drop from No. 5 to No. 10 would cost Randle approximately $1.4 million on his first contract under the 2014-15 rookie salary scale, as well as more than $3 million over the first three years of the guaranteed deal.

Meanwhile, Randle's classmate at UK, James Young, as been holding steady with his draft projections. The latest ESPN mock has the 6-8 wing going No. 14 to the Phoenix Suns where he could team with two former Cats, Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin.

The Suns have a second pick in the first round at No. 18 should they pass on Young the first time around and he is not taken by Atlanta, Chicago or Boston.

Others have suggested Young could rise as high as 12, a spot occupied by the Orlando Magic, depending on the circumstances ahead of him.

The draft will be held Thursday, June 26.

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