Status: UK signee
Center | 7-0 | 250
High school: St. Joseph
Hometown: Metuchen, N.J.
Karl Towns represents the earliest commitment John Calipari has accepted as UK’s head coach. He also represents the first major building block of Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class.
Towns has reclassified to 2014 and will skip his final year of high school. The 4.0-plus student was ranked as the No. 1 overall player in 2015 by every major recruiting service, and he is considered one of the top players in 2014.
Towns possesses a unique skill set for a center. The 7-footer is an exceptional passer and ball handler, and he shoots three-pointers with confidence.
“For his size, he has a tremendous skill set,” Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “He’s a guy that can step out and shoot threes. He has great hands and great touch around the rim.”
Towns formed a bond with Calipari (and Kentucky) during his stint with the Dominican Republic national team. Calipari was the coach of that squad, and Towns trained in Lexington for the team’s attempt to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
That attempt came up short, but Towns gained valuable experience playing alongside pros like Al Horford and Anthony Davis. And Calipari gained another No. 1 recruit.
Towns returned to the Dominican team in the summer of 2013, when it was coached by UK assistant Orlando Antigua. That squad did well enough to qualify for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the first time the Dominicans had reached that achievement since 1978.
|Dec. 20||East Brunswick||W||21 pts, 10 rebs|
|Dec. 22||Shore Regional||W||19 pts, 9 rebs|
|Dec. 27||Archbishop Wood||W||21 pts, 10 rebs|
|Dec. 28||New Mission||W||21 pts, 20 rebs, 6 blks|
|Jan. 4||Piscataway||W||29 pts, 21 rebs, 12 blks|
|Jan. 5||Woodbridge||W||20 pts, 14 rebs, 9 blks|
|Jan. 7||Perth Amboy||W||30 pts, 21 rebs, 10 blks|
|Jan. 9||South Brunswick||W||22 pts, 15 rebs, 8 blks|
|Jan. 11||Wilbraham & Monson||W||17 pts, 15 rebs, 7 blks|
|Jan. 14||Irvington||W||27 pts, 18 rebs, 8 blks|
|Jan. 16||Colonia||W||23 pts, 14 rebs, 8 blks|
|Jan. 19||DeMatha (Md.)||L||21 pts, 9 rebs, 3 blks|
|Jan. 23||East Brunswick||W||21 pts, 14 rebs, 7 asts|
|Jan. 25||Old Bridge||W||22 pts, 15 rebs, 7 blks|
|Jan. 27||Piscataway||W||23 pts, 10 rebs, 8 blks|
|Jan. 30||Perth Amboy||W||22 pts, 15 rebs, 6 blks|
|Feb. 2||Newark Tech||W||15 pts, 12 rebs, 5 blks|
|Feb. 4||South Brunswick||W||30 pts, 17 rebs, 6 asts|
|Feb. 8||Pace||W||21 pts, 17 rebs, 8 blks|
|Feb. 11||Colonia||W||18 pts, 15 rebs|
|Feb. 13||Old Bridge||W||19 points|
|Feb. 16||Montverde (Fla.)||L||22 pts, 11 rebs|
|Feb. 20||Old Bridge||W||31 pts, 14 rebs, 6 blks|
|Feb. 23||South Amboy||W||11 pts, 12 rebs, 5 blks|
|Feb. 25||Colonia||W||13 pts, 8 rebs, 9 blks|
|Feb. 27||South Brunswick||W||13 pts, 6 rebs, 5 blks|
|March 7||Notre Dame||W||24 pts, 17 rebs, 10 blks|
|March 10||Bishop Eustace||W||22 pts, 13 rebs, 5 blks|
|March 12||Paul IV||W||28 pts, 13 rebs, 5 blks|
|March 15||St. Peter’s Prep||W||22 pts, 6 rebs, 5 blks|
|March 20||Linden||W||15 pts, 10 rebs, 3 blks|
|March 24||Newark East Side||W||8 pts, 8 rebs, 3 blks|
“He’s kind of a seasoned veteran. Instead of playing AAU ball, he was playing against grown men. And I think that’s helped him a lot.”
– Scout.com analyst Evan Daniels