LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Los Angeles Lakers have selected Kentucky forward Julius Randle with the seventh pick in the NBA draft.
The Lakers began their rebuilding process from their worst season in more than 50 years by choosing Randle, the 6-foot-9 power forward with impressive physical skills and relentless rebounding prowess.
Randle was the SEC's freshman of the year while helping the Wildcats to the NCAA championship game. He had 24 games with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds, the second-most by a freshman in Division I history.
Randle had an individual workout with the Lakers' front office earlier this month, saying he would love to be selected by the 16-time champions.
The Lakers still haven't hired a coach to replace Mike D'Antoni, who resigned after the season.
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