The 6’11 man-child, hailing from New Jersey, has already been hailed as the 2nd coming of Kevin Durant, praise that may be warranted considering he’s already played in International competition as a member of the Dominican National Team. In team trials, Towns was praised for more than holding his own against perennial NBA All Star Al Horford in practice.
It has been long rumored that Towns was favoring attending Kentucky considering his daily contact with John Calipari, who was the head coach of the Dominican Team. That became reality when Towns made his highly anticipated college decision of Kentucky at St. Joseph’s HS, in Metuchen NJ Tuesday afternoon.
Towns is the first commit for the Wildcats for 2014, following another impressive Calipari haul in 2013 featuring 4 Top 30 rated recruits like Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, and Marcus Lee. Towns was the universally #1 rated recruit in the 2015 Class and will now challenge fellow Kentucky targets Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, and Tyus Jones for the top spot 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. He also has great hands and great touch around the rim, making him a match-up nightmare.
The newest Wildcat commit also chose to re-classify to the Class of 2014, so he can arrive on campus in Lexington a year early. That’s finally great news for Calipari, as he is still trying to figure out why the Wildcats are struggling this season.
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Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.