Top 3 player in Class of 2015 Karl Towns, Jr. committed to Kentucky as expected...Ironically this is on the eve of UK falling out of the top 25 for the first time in the Calipari era. Karl just transferred to the Class of 2014 also.
Is he automatically the #1 player in 2014 now?
Also, his commitment to Kentucky isn't shocking. Looks like one of the main reasons why Cal took the DR national team head coaching job was to sink his hooks in early on Towns. Wasn't Cal in charge of making cuts on that national team too?
It all depends...My top 3 for the Class of 2014 is (1) Jahlil Okafor ,(2) Tyus Jones, (3) Cliff Alexander...I would probably slide Karl right between Tyus & Cliff, so I guess he's #3 imo, but I hear scout.com is talking about putting him at #7. Like I said, it's all subject for speculation. I'm curious to know your opinion Siggy, because you obviously know your stuff.
I'd be tempted to put him at 1, but for now I'd put him behind Okafor with Jones and Mudiay following Towns. His combination of size, length, fluidity, coordination, skill, versatility and smarts is a rare package. If he stays true to his word, concentrates on his post game and shows that he can be dominant there at this level then I'd definitely put him at the top of this class. He's only shown flashes so far, but his potential as a post scorer and passer is tremendous. Even as a freshman he showed an ability to read and react to the defense like a young TD. If he doesn't at least tweak his game and stays hanging out on the perimeter, then I'd rank him lower in the class at around 4-5.
He absolutely was, Siggy. Cal cut Charlie Villanueva due to his being out of shape. Now, tell me that even with Charlie V being out of shape that they could not have used a grown man to at least try to deal with Ike Diogu for that final Olympic spot. Think that Calipari was well aware of what he was doing here. This is not to say that he might not have gotten Towns anyway and I know about the issues of dealing with Charlie, just was a thought that went through my mind when he decided to take a 16 year old over an NBA veteran.
Towns obviously seems like a solid prospect, though I am probably with paradigmn in where he would fall in the current rankings. Still, he seems to be a legit 6-11 and his stroke is not bad in the least. Just honestly do not see the same rhythym or athleticism of a Kevin Durant, think more along the lines of a stretch 4 and with his size, a center at either level. This article says he has grown to past 7 feet and has a size 20 shoe. Definitely another great prospect for Calipari who lands yet another top recruit with a great deal of potential with size.
I underestimated his true height. They so often inflated. Regarding not cutting him, I think thats just a logical decision in terms of the country developing ther top prospect in a while. He shouldve been on that team just for experience alone.
Hey, I am sure it was great experience for him and that could mean big things for DR down the line. My only issue with that line of thinking is that he had a chance to go to the Olympics this year. Karl played 1 game in the pre-Olympic tournament and could he not have just been kept on as a practice player? Guess that would not have brought him to the Olympics had they made it, just felt that had they kept Villaneuva, they would have another big body you might actually want to play in games.
When Ike Diogu was torching them for 25 points in that final game, that determined which country went to the Olympics and which one went home, just wondered what might have happened if Dominican Republic had another big body in there. Charlie is not a defensive stalwart, not to mention I have no idea how out of shape he was, just know that he is a better player right now than Karl Towns. It could mean great things for the future of Dominican Republic basketball, just find it odd that Calipari picks Towns and than steps down as coach. Totally his prerogative to do so, just kind of thought it was more in the best interest of someone besides, say, the Dominican Republic.
Scout.com put Karl at #7...and ESPN put him at #3
he something like a kyle wiltjer with a higher upside both offensively and on D. I don't see the next level athleticism to truly dominate or be felt all over the game. Ceiling- Kevin Love breed if his rebounding is what it should be with that size.
Basement- Ryan Anderson breed of player just imo
Karl is talented but what has he done for some of you to say he should be number 1? He did help lead his team to the state title game but 11pts 8reb doesn't scream top jr in the nation. He's very skilled but don't expect big numbers from him. He's a lot like Kyle Wiltjer in H.S but more physical and a better defender
Uh, he was a freshman last year. Not every blue chip freshman puts up massive numbers just like not every freshman leads his team to a state championship. Forget about the numbers and look at his skill set. His potential is a immense.
Athleticism isn't the factor when measuring potential. His skillset and understanding of the game is far beyond his years. His footwork and coordination are already great, he's got very good length, can put the ball on the deck, can obviously shoot out to 3 pt range, is an excellent passer, has shown post potential with the ability to turn over either shoulder, etc. He's not even done growing into his shoes and he doesn't have his man muscles yet, looking like an overgrown kid. i doubt he's done growing. He could be over 7' by the time he's done growing.
Wiltjer? Really? Sounds like you're making an assessment off of mixtapes.
Nerlens Noel as a senior put up 12 and 7 and was ranked 2 or 1 ..
he got good range I see it, but let's be real. Your making your judgement of his potential based off him doing drop stop hook shots in an open gym are you serious? good range, big body. Not sold on him as some next level type player but that's just based off what my eyes see, that's why the play the game
In an open gym? No. There's game footage all over the net if you want to see for yourself.
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One of my favorite young prospects! Can't wait to see what he can do at UK with Cal
I would like him better if he was more athletic. Even big guys need very good athleticism or immense size and strength. He's big and can potentially get bigger but he's not Bynum-sized yet to compare him to a guy who is not freakishly athletic but freakishly big. Bynum grew to be like 7'2 after he got drafted. I understand he's still very young but just looking at him right now, pick and roll defense could be a challenge for him in the future.
The dribbling and guard skills are nice but unless they're exceptional and married to quickness, they are more sideshow to me. I hate to sound like an old school guy who thinks big men should only play in the paint but I hope he has a good lowpost game to go along with perimeter skills.
Supposedly, the post game is what he's been working hard on since his nat'l team experience. Last year, he wasn't even the man on the team as a freshman. This year he is and the offense will be going through him.
Like I said, if he develops a legit post game (and he has the footwork, coordination, touch and passing ability to develop one) then he has a chance to be the best player in his class. If he doesn't, then he's just a versatile stretch big, which is a valuable player, but not as valuable as a true inside outside threat.