Holiday Invitational

Top recruit Towns chooses Kentucky over Triangle trio

Posted December 4, 2012

Karl Towns Jr., a 6-foot-11 big man from New Jersey coveted by nearly every major college basketball program in the country, will play basketball for the University of Kentucky, he announced Tuesday. 

Considered the No. 1 player in the Class of 2015 by ESPN, Towns also announced that he will be reclassifying into the Class of 2014 and will play for John Calipari a year earlier than expected. Towns was also recruited by North Carolina State, Duke, North Carolina and as many as 40 other basketball powers nationwide. 

With his reclassification, Towns is currently listed as the No. 2 center and the No. 3 overall player in the class of 2014, according to ESPN.

Later this month, Towns Jr. and St. Joseph High School will be one of several talented squads to travel to the Triangle for the 2012 Holiday Invitational, Dec. 26-29 at Broughton High School.

In August, Towns told WRAL's Jeff Gravley that Mark Gottfried offered him a scholarship after he visited the N.C. State campus.


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  • Toddler10-21 Dec 6, 2012

    Ken UNC fans are just upset that another school cant recruit with them. If this kid had commited to UNC he would have been the greatest kid ever.

  • Ken D. Dec 5, 2012

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    You should certainly bring this to the attention of the NCAA, and while you're at it, you could tell them how you come to know this damaging information.

    You might even share with us any evidence that you have that Calipari has ever cheated, or been accused of cheating (other than unsubstantiated claims on sites like this). As far as I can tell, there is at least as much evidence to suggest that Coach K is crooked as there is about Coach Calipari.

  • allcharly Dec 5, 2012

    wonder what kind of car he got!!!!!!

  • tayled Dec 5, 2012

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    I agree 100%. College coaches should have NO contact with a young man before he finishes his junior year in HS.

  • tayled Dec 5, 2012

    Let him go to one and done U. That's the type of player UK tends to get.

  • Toddler10-21 Dec 5, 2012

    If this kid chose UNC he would be the considered the greatest kid ever. Deathrow how many burger boys are on UNC's roster that are not from NC? What does this kid leaving the state have to do with it? Who also says that he has bad grades? UNC fans are so jealous!! So top high school players look at school for a quality education, and not there basketball tradition? MJ, Worthy, Carter, May, Felton, Handstravel, Lawson, etc chose UNC for academics? You guys are mad becuase the kid didnt chose UNC! So jealous!!

  • Boogalooboy Dec 5, 2012

    I assume this is just a verbal, doesn't mean much..he could change his mind multiple times...can't understand why any kid would go to Kentucky unless he is a one and done....doesn't say much for looking for a quality reflection on the academics of the school but rather the intent of the recruit..

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 4, 2012

    You would think a local boy would want to be King in his home town and home state. Once these 'kids' leave the state, the bulk of local sports fans do NOT follow them. Had they stayed in-state, they would have been on the news constantly in their home TV/radio market. Once they leave the state, they basically become a footnote two or three times a season. The family, and the kid, would be much more proud had he stayed in-state. Once he leaves for KY, I guarantee you I won't be able to tell you his name.

  • VT1994Hokie Dec 4, 2012

    This youngster is immature and he will change his mind several times before his senior year. The rules should change in regard to how early coaches can begin the recruitment process.

  • larrys080 .v1 Dec 4, 2012

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    If those are the facts little man then I guess we will see a banner coming down! If not the as usual you are wrong! See you at the pawn shop later!