Four of Kentucky's seven NBA Draft prospects were on court for workouts across the country Monday.
Karl-Anthony Towns, a possible No. 1 overall pick, and likely top-10 choice Willie Cauley-Stein joined Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell in Los Angeles to demonstrate their skills in front of representatives from several NBA teams.
Dakari Johnson and Devin Booker worked out for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Phoenix Suns, respectively.
Trey Lyles and twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison will also be working out for teams in the coming days and weeks.
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Towns: 'Having a blast'
Towns told DraftExpress.com that he has been working out in Los Angeles for about three and a half weeks.
"Love L.A.," he said. "Having a blast getting better as a player."
One of the highlights of his time out West so far has been getting to play with Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul.
"It was awesome to play against a person like him, and to be able to be with one of the best defenders in the league ... also one of the best players in the league," Towns said. "It was just a lot of fun being able to compete."
Towns showed he has long-range shooting ability in Monday's workout.
"I'm very confident right now," he told DraftExpress. "I'm putting a lot of work into my game. When you put a lot of work into something, you grow confidence."
It has been previously reported that Towns did not plan to work out for individual teams, but he told DraftExpress that's not the case.
"I think you need to do both," he said. "Everything's different when you see a workout on tape. You need to be able to see it in person."
Towns said he doesn't have any preference for which team drafts him.
"As a little kid, you just always want to be a part of the NBA, the greatest fraternity in the world," he said. "That's all I want to do. ... I could play anywhere."
Johnson: 'I like to win'
Johnson said the Lakers workout was his first. When asked by reporters what part of his game will transfer best to the NBA, Johnson said it is his competitiveness.
"I like to win," he said. "Just having a blast getting better as a player.
Johnson said he watches a lot of NBA games during the season, and he thinks his game compares well with Portland's Robin Lopez.
"I feel like he has some of the same traits I possess," he said. "A rebounder. He's strong. He has some quality post moves."
Johnson talked about past practices at UK with current Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle.
"He was fearless," Johnson said. "We had a lot of late-night workouts. ... He's a competitor like me."
He said he likes Towns' chances of being the top pick.
"He's very versatile. He's a hard worker," Johnson said. "He's always in the gym."
Booker: 'You get excited, nervous, scared, everything'
Booker, also taking part in his first pre-draft workout, credited his time at Kentucky for how comfortable he is at this point in the draft process.
It's "the biggest stage in college basketball, so I'm used to being in the pressure," he said. "That's one of the reasons I went to Kentucky. ... It's been my dream my whole life. You get excited, nervous, scared, everything, but at the end of the day, it's what I wanted."
Booker said he got some shooting advice Monday from Phoenix Suns coach Jeff Hornacek.
"I'm open to any information, anything that can help me," he said.
Booker said he talked to another former Wildcat, Eric Bledsoe, about joining the Suns. The team's roster also includes ex-Cats Brandon Knight and Archie Goodwin.
"He said we could use another knock-down shooter around here," Booker said of Bledsoe. "The whole backcourt's Kentucky. I like the situation."
Booker was scheduled to work out Tuesday with the Oklahoma City Thundery, and then the Denver Nuggets.
"Just on a world tour, really," he said. "But I'm getting used to it. Enjoying the process. It's all going to pay off at the end of June."
"He shot the ball well," McDonough said. "(He) came in in pretty good shape. I believe he got 27 line touches in the three-minute run. He's an intriguing prospect.
"I think he's showed, and will continue to show, that he can do more than you might have seen watching Kentucky play. That's no knock to them. Obviously, they had a great year. ... But they had so much talent that sometimes it's hard for guys to show, individually, all of what they can do."