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Apr 112014
 

UK basketball signees Karl Towns Jr. and Trey Lyles will play in the nationally televised Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday night in Portland, Ore.

The two future Wildcats will represent the World Select Team in the annual game that pits players with international ties against members of the USA Basketball junior national team.

Towns and Lyles can play for the world team because of their connections to the Dominican Republic and Canada, respectively. The international roster also includes Southern Methodist signee Emmanuel Mudiay, a former UK recruit who was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Mar 142014
 

UK basketball signees Karl Towns Jr. and Trey Lyles were among 20 high school seniors named to the Parade All-American team Friday.

The is the 58th year that Parade magazine has named high school All-Americans. Duke signee Jahlil Okafor was the publication’s player of the year.

Parade’s other All-American selections from the class of 2014 were Cliff Alexander (Kansas), Joel Berry (North Carolina), James Blackmon Jr. (Indiana), Trevon Bluiett (Xavier), Gabe DeVoe (Clemson), J.T. Escobar (Ole Miss), Daniel Hamilton (UConn), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Kevon Looney (UCLA), Emmanuel Mudiay (SMU), Kelly Oubre (Kansas), Devin Robinson (Florida), B.J. Taylor (UCF), Myles Turner (undecided), Isaiah Whitehead (Seton Hall) and Justise Winslow (Duke).

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Longtime commitment Karl Towns signs with UK

 Posted by at 4:53 PM on November 13, 2013  No Responses »
Nov 132013
 

Karl Towns Jr. — UK’s first commitment of the Class of 2014 — officially signed with the Wildcats on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

Towns committed to Kentucky on Dec. 4, 2012. He had already played for Coach John Calipari and spent time in Lexington as a member of the Dominican Republic national team and returned to that squad under new coach Orlando Antigua last summer.

The 7-footer from New Jersey wore a UK jacket, UK T-shirt and UK hat to the signing ceremony, which you can see below.

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Oct 172013
 
Karl Towns

Karl Towns

UK commitment Karl Towns Jr. will be in town this weekend for Big Blue Madness, Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels reported Thursday.

Towns — a 7-footer from New Jersey — was UK’s first commitment in the Class of 2014. He’s since been joined by Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis, who will also be in Lexington for Madness.

Both UK commitments will likely be doing some recruiting this weekend. John Calipari is also hosting Class of 2014 stars Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr. — all on official visits.

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Calipari, Antigua visit UK commit Karl Towns Jr.

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Sep 272013
 

UK’s first commitment from the Class of 2014 got a visit from two of his past and future coaches Friday night.

New Jersey center Karl Towns Jr. posted a photo of himself with UK Coach John Calipari and UK assistant Orlando Antigua, who had an in-home visit with the star recruit. Calipari and Antigua both coached Towns with the Dominican Republic national team over the past two summers.

Calipari and Antigua spent much of the week on the West Coast. They visited 2015 prospects Ivan Rabb and Tyler Dorsey on Wednesday, then saw Mater Dei teammates Stanley Johnson and Michael Cage Jr. on Thursday. All of those recruits are from California.

Towns committed to Kentucky last year and will be eligible to sign with the Wildcats in November. He was listed as the No. 6 overall prospect in the senior class in the new ESPN rankings released Thursday.

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Karl Towns welcomes Tyler Ulis to Kentucky

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Sep 132013
 

New Jersey center Karl Towns was the only member of UK’s recruiting class of 2014 for nearly a year. On Friday, Chicago-area point guard Tyler Ulis joined him with a commitment to Kentucky.

Towns was quick to welcome him to the club …

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Towns, Dominicans fall to Puerto Rico in FIBA semis

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Sep 102013
 
New Jersey center Karl Towns is UK's only commitment from the class of 2014. Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

New Jersey center Karl Towns is UK’s only commitment from the class of 2014.
Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

Puerto Rico defeated the Orlando Antigua-coached Dominican national team 79-67 Tuesday night in the semifinals of the FIBA Americans basketball tournament.

The Dominicans will play Argentina on Wednesday in the bronze-medal game.

Karl Towns Jr. had four points and two rebounds in 12-plus minutes off the bench Tuesday. Towns — a 7-footer from New Jersey — is UK’s only commitment in the Class of 2014.

Former UK forward Eloy Vargas started for the Dominicans and finished with seven points and six rebounds.

Antigua’s squad qualified for the 2014 FIBA World Cup with its performance in this tournament. It’s the first time since 1978 that the Dominican Republic will be represented in the World Cup, which will be played next summer in Spain.

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Sep 082013
 
UK assistant Orlando Antigua (pictured with Alex Poythress) is coaching the Dominican national team this summer. Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

UK assistant Orlando Antigua (pictured with Alex Poythress) is coaching the Dominican national team this summer.
Photo: Charles Bertram/Herald-Leader

UK assistant Orlando Antigua coached the Dominican national team to another victory Sunday. With the latest win, the Dominicans qualified for the FIBA World Cup for the first time in 35 years.

The Dominican team — which includes UK commitment Karl Towns and former Wildcat Eloy Vargas — defeated Uruguay 76-68 Sunday in Caracas, Venezuela. Antigua’s squad finished 4-0 in the second stage of the FIBA Americas tournament after going 2-2 in the first stage.

The victory allowed them to qualify for the tournament semifinals, which begin Tuesday. All four semifinalists will play in the World Cup next year in Spain. The Dominican Republic’s only other appearance in the World Cup was in 1978.

Towns did not score in 2-plus minutes off the bench Sunday. Vargas started and tallied 13 points and seven rebounds.

Towns has scored 26 points in 39 minutes over six games so far at FIBA Americas. He did not play in two games.

The 7-footer from New Jersey is UK’s only commitment in the Class of 2014.

Vargas has played in all eight games and is averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19.4 minutes.

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FIBA update: Towns, Dominicans beat Jamaica

 Posted by at 11:42 AM on September 6, 2013  No Responses »
Sep 062013
 
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Karl Towns

UK commitment Karl Towns Jr. scored six points in 10 minutes off the bench Thursday to help the Dominican national team defeat Jamaica 78-60 in the FIBA Americas tournament.

The Dominican squad — coached by UK assistant Orlando Antigua — is one of eight teams still in contention for the title. Thursday’s game was the first in the second stage of the tournament. Each team will play three more times, and four of the remaining eight squads will then advance to the semifinal round. Those four semifinalists qualify for next year’s World Cup in Spain.

Towns was 2-for-4 from the field and made both of his free-throw attempts in Thursday’s game. He also grabbed two rebounds.

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Sep 032013
 
New Jersey center Karl Towns is UK's only commitment from the class of 2014. Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

New Jersey center Karl Towns is UK’s only commitment from the class of 2014.
Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

UK commitment Karl Towns Jr. scored a team-high 16 points to help the Dominican national team defeat Paraguay 83-54 in the final game of pool play at the FIBA Americas tournament Tuesday.

The Dominican team — coached by UK assistant Orlando Antigua — will now advance to the tournament’s second stage, which begins Thursday.

Tuesday’s game was the first extended action that Towns has seen in the event. He picked up four fouls and didn’t score in five minutes on the court during Saturday’s win over Argentina. The 7-footer did not play in losses to Venezuela and Mexico on Sunday and Monday. He played 13-plus minutes against Paraguay. Towns was 5-for-6 from the field and 6-for-9 from the free-throw line while adding four rebounds.

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