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Kentucky recruit to lead St. Joseph in Holiday Invitational

Published: 2012-12-19 15:56:32
Updated: 2012-12-19 15:56:32

Dec 19, 2012

St. Joseph High School will attend the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational for the first time in school history, bringing with it one of the top players from the Class of 2014.

Karl Towns, Jr., a 7-foot, 235-pound center, is 5-star prospect according to ESPN. He is also ranked the No. 2 center in his class and the No. 3 overall player.

On Dec. 4, Towns verbally committed to Kentucky and head coach John Calipari.

Over the summer of 2012, Towns played for Calipari on the Dominican Republic National Team during the Olympic qualifying period. The team did not qualify for the Olympics, but it provided Towns the opportunity to play with and against some of the top competition in the world, including NBA stars.

"Playing for Coach Cal over the summer had nothing to do with my decision because we never even talked about Kentucky,” Towns told The Star-Ledger after committing. "I just felt the most comfortable there and they have a great kinesiology program, which is what I want to study. That had a lot to do with my decision. All of the schools I narrowed it down to were excellent and one of the toughest things to do was say no to Coach K at Duke.''

Towns made a trip to the Triangle in the fall to visit Duke, NC State and North Carolina.

Prior to committing to Kentucky, Towns reported offers from Connecticut, Duke, Florida, Michigan State, NC State, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova. His final list was narrowed down to two teams – Duke and Kentucky.

Last season, Towns averaged 11.3 points, 12.2 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game. He also hit 63 3-point shots.

After committing to Kentucky, Towns announced he would take extra classes during the regular school year and during the summer, allowing him to graduate with the Class of 2014. He was originally a member of the Class of 2015.

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