Chalk up another win for John Calipari. No, this one is not an on court accomplishment for him directly. And no, it’s not about a current or former player. However, it is about a FUTURE player. A prodigy who will suit up for the Kentucky Wildcats and John Calipari next season. Who is the player, you ask? Well, his name is Karl Towns Jr. He was the first commitment for John Calipari’s class of 2014 recruits. He was so coveted by Cal that he made him apart of his Dominican Republic team a year or so ago in preparation for the Olympic qualifiers. So…what makes Karl Towns Jr so special?
Well, for starters, he is a 7’1″ 248 lbs big man that can step back and knock down three pointers with ease. His list of accomplishments thus far include being a member of the Dominican Republic Senior National Team, a two-time New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year, and a three-time First Team All-State selection. In addition, he has been selected to participate in both major national all-star games, the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American Game. Well, as of today, he can throw in a Gatorade National Player of the Year on top of it all.
Karl Towns Jr won the award after a spectacular senior season, where he AVERAGED 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds, and 6.2 blocks a game. Throw in the fact that he volunteered with multiple organizations, was a part of his schools student council, and maintained a 3.66 GPA while doing what he did on the court, and this kid seems nothing short of high quality. If he can even average half of what he did in high school and be a quality influence on the rest of the team and community, then he is going to go down as one of the all time favorites amongst Kentucky fans. And after hearing about what this kid can do, there is no reason to believe he can’t.
And for your viewing pleasure, a Karl Towns Jr mixtape…because everyone needs to see this kid play!