Karl Towns Jr. is one of the rare basketball players that has been seen as the next big thing in College. At the age of 18 Karl has already shown that he is a completely different player than the rest. He could kill you with his post-game, he can shoot at a high percentage, he has great ability to see the floor, and he wants to keep improving. Towns has accomplished one of his dreams and that dream was to be the best player that the world has seen.
Towns is the second player from St. Joseph in Metuchen to be named a McDonald’s All-American. The other was Jay Williams, a 1999 graduate who went on to become a Naismith and Wooden award winner as college basketball’s National Player of the Year at Duke University before the Chicago Bulls selected him with the second overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft.
Towns dominated opponents every night that he was on the floor. Towns is conscious that he needs to be outstanding in the NCAA the way he was in high school, where he was steps beyond players his age, averaging 21.3 points and 14.3 rebounds per game for the Saint Joseph Falcons during the 2012-13 season. “I feel like I need to improve more. More is always good when you want to be the best at your position.” “Height doesn’t mean anything if you can not utilize it.”
“After having played in the FIBA Americas and an Olympic qualifier, I learned that nothing is guaranteed. Every day is a war and we have to go out there to battle. Losing those big games last year made my experience grow a lot. There aren’t a lot of people that have the opportunity to live through all that.”
When asked why he chose to commit to the Kentucky Wildcats and coach Calipari, Towns had responded accordingly; “He had to make a great effort to convince me to go to Kentucky because he didn’t recruit me, it was my own personal choosing. I thought it was the best option for me and my family,” Towns said. “I’ve learned an awful lot from [Calipari], and he’s helped me improve my game a lot.”
Towns is very excited about his future with the Wildcats and wants to have a huge impact in the organization. “Playing for coach Calipari is an honor. He has a great resume of helping players reach their full potential and that is something that I want and need.”
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