It was reported on Wednesday that Kentucky Wildcats freshman Karl-Anthony Towns will not be playing in the FIBA World Cup when games get underway in Spain.
The Cats freshman will be joining the Dominican Republic National Team for their exhibition games, as was previously reported, but it was announced today that Towns would not be playing in the FIBA World Cup. It should not come as a surprise as classes will be starting soon at the University of Kentucky.
Before deciding to play for the Kentucky Wildcats, Towns was a member of the Dominican Republic national team when John Calipari was the head coach. Calipari can’t be faulted for wanting Towns to focus on his freshman year as the Wildcats prepare to embark on the campaign for the school’s 9th NCAA Tournament Trophy. There will be future opportunities for Towns to play in the FIBA World Cup and not the exhibition games. It just will not be this year.
The Dominican Republic, coached by former Kentucky assistant and current South Florida coach Orlando Antigua, takes on Team USA tonight in an exhibition game at Madison Square Garden.
The FIBA World Cup will take place in Spain from August 30th through September 14th.