Although many Kentucky fans are hoping for a commitment from Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker they struck gold this week landing top recruit Karl Towns Jr. (Metuchen, N.J.).
The New Jersey star was previously the nation’s top sophomore recruit in the Class of 2015, but announced he plans to reclassify to the junior class and graduate a year early. Many experts believe he is ranked No. 3 in the Class of 2014.
“The first thing I have to say is that I’m going to reclassify to the year 2014…The second decision I have to make is my university. The university I’ve decided to play for in the year 2014 is the University of Kentucky,” says Towns Jr.
The 6’11, 235 lbs center visited Kentucky last month. The Wildcats have been considered Town’s favorite since the summer.
Towns had four years of high school eligibility, but his grades were good enough for him to move up in classification. He is among the latest in a group of top players to move up in class. Although Andrew Wiggins, Noah Vonleh, and Dakari Johnson all moved from the Class of 2014 into the Class of 2013, Towns is the first player to move from the Class of 2015 to the Class of 2014.
The New Jersey center has been dominating high school basketball since he was a freshman. He led his team to a state championship his first year, averaging 11.9 PPG, 10.3 RPG and 5.1 BPG. Towns also led the team with 63 3-pointers last season and is expected to break the career school record in that category.
“As good as he is a basketball player, he’s a better person,” says Dave Turco, St. Joseph’s coach.