Karl Towns Jr. has elected to take his talents to the Kentucky Wildcats.
According to the prospects live announcement on MSG Varsity, the 6’11”, 235-pound center from Metuchen, N.J. is the latest haul for coach John Calipari, who worked relentlessly to bring this big man to his program.
Towns is the latest in a long line of top big men to join coach Cal at Kentucky, and his reclassification to 2014 will insure the program does not miss a beat if Nerlens Noel jumps to the NBA.
Towns is a 5-star recruit based on both ESPN U’s and Rivals’ rankings. He’s listed as No. 1 at his position, in his region and in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, landing the coveted No. 1 spot on their Top 25 list for the class.
Many programs were vying for the St. Joseph’s High School product, as he reportedly had offers from around the nation. UConn, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan State, NC State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova all extended scholarships, and many more prestigious schools expressed interest.
The 16-year-old told Jason Jordan of USA Today that he wanted to get the recruiting process done quickly, largely to avoid the drama that comes with dragging it out:
It’s not my thing. I’m just a little different. I don’t like all of the attention all the time. It’s obviously early for me, but when the coaches can start calling and things like that I know it’ll get way crazier. I just want to end it before it starts.
The star, who holds a 4.3 GPA, announced that he will reclassify and join the Class of 2014, which is a pleasant surprise for the Wildcats.
Because of his raw skills and shooting ability, Towns has drawn comparisons to some elite big men such as Rasheed Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge.
He’s currently got NBA three-point range on his jumper and has a knack for rebounding. If Towns improves his defensive presence and bulks up, the sky is the limit for this young man.
We look forward to seeing Towns starring in Rupp Arena and leading Kentucky to great heights in a few years. The star recruit made a great decision and has a bright future ahead of him.
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