Karl Towns Jr. recently received the Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year award and made a speech that brought many in the crowd to tears.
If you missed it, then you will definitely not regret checking it out here.
Towns did quite a few interviews after receiving the award, and I had a chance to sit down with him and pick his brain about the upcoming season with the Kentucky Wildcats. He has been working out in Lexington this month, and the 7-foot center seemed excited about the chemistry he is building with his teammates. He did admit to being worried earlier this summer about John Calipari leaving Lexington after the giant contract offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“For me, I was worried of course. We were all worried,” Towns said to Rant Sports. “We didn’t know what was going to happen. But it’s always great to have his number, and to be able to call to ask what’s going to happen.”
He averaged 6.2 blocks per game in high school and should combine with Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson to form Calipari’s best front court since Anthony Davis. Towns is not aiming at a set number of blocks next season, but he just wants to help his team win. It is still unclear whether he is going to come off the bench, and that should be a key thing to keep an eye on this fall.
The Wildcats should be pleased from an academic standpoint, because they are getting a young man who one day wants to be a doctor. Let us see if he can help dissect the SEC.