On Tuesday morning, Karl Towns Jr. pledged his verbal commitment to Kentucky and head coach John Calipari.
The decision, which had been anticipated in the eyes of Wildcats’ fans over each of the past few weeks, should come as no surprise, given Towns’ past and his connection to Calipari.
This past summer, despite his young age, Towns suited up and played for the Dominican national team, which ironically enough was headed by Calipari. Towns got the opportunity to gain some international experience, while also having the chance to play against the United States, the eventual Olympic gold medalists in the 2012 London Games.
In addition to his pledge, Towns also made the announcement that he was reclassifying and will join the Wildcats’ program for the 2014-15 season. The 6-foot-11 big man was considered the top prospect in the class of 2015 prior to Tuesday.
His decision to reclassify has bumped him into the top five by many of the nation’s top recruiting outlets within the junior class. Towns currently attends St. Joseph’s H.S. (NJ) and is a native of Metuchen, New Jersey.
Towns had taken a number of unofficial visits to many of the nation’s top schools this past summer, but his decision to pledge to Kentucky is hardly shocking.
He becomes the first pledge for Calipari from class of 2014 and will follow a loaded recruiting haul that is headed to Lexington next season.
Following in the footsteps of former Kentucky star Anthony Davis and current freshman Nerlens Noel, Towns undoubtedly has the ability to be Calipari’s latest front court star when he arrives on campus in 2014.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS