Aug 112014
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

It’s August, and we’re talking about the 2015 NBA Draft.

UK freshman Karl-Anthony Towns got the chatter started with his impressive performance in Monday’s exhibition victory over a French team in the Bahamas. ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford and college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman both tweeted that Towns could be a possible No. 1 overall pick next year.

(Towns hasn’t started in either of UK’s games in the Bahamas).

Ford had Towns going with the No. 4 pick in his first 2015 mock draft, which was released last week. also has Towns at No. 4.

Jul 152014
Karl-Anthony Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns

UK freshman Karl Towns was named the 2014 Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday night.

Towns — a 7-footer from New Jersey — is the seventh basketball player to win the award since 2003. Past recipients include LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Andrew Wiggins and former Kentucky guard Brandon Knight, who was there Tuesday to see Towns receive his award.

The Gatorade selection panel judges athletes on “athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character.”

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Apr 242014
Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

Photo: Newark Star-Ledger

247Sports national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer told the Herald-Leader last week that he was leaning toward ranking UK signee Karl-Anthony Towns as his No. 1 big man for the class of 2014.

Meyer followed through Thursday, when he released the final 247Sports rankings for the incoming class.

Towns finishes as the No. 2 overall recruit and top-ranked post player ahead of Kansas signee Cliff Alexander (No. 4), Duke signee Jahlil Okafor (No. 6), and uncommitted 7-footer Myles Turner (No. 7).

Meyer said that Towns brings a little bit of everything to Kentucky, while the other three high school stars excel in certain areas. The longtime recruiting analyst also emphasized that his rankings are predictions for how successful these players will be throughout their entire basketball careers — pro and college — and not just a judgement on what they’ll do as freshmen next season.

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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).


Longtime commitment Karl Towns signs with UK

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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.

Oct 172013
Karl Towns

Karl Towns

UK commitment Karl Towns Jr. will be in town this weekend for Big Blue Madness, 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.


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.


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 …


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.