Karl Towns Jr. won the Gatorade High School Athlete of the year award last month, and then he made a speech that would have even made Kevin Durant‘s mother cry.
That is some high praise.
It also turns out the Kentucky Wildcats commit improvised his words, which in my opinion made them even more impressive.
“I just ad-libbed up there; I didn’t think I was going to win,” Towns said to USATODAYhss.com. “I went up there and saw the hardware in my hand, and thought about all the hardships I had to go through. I thought what my family did. When they said my name, I was in complete shock. Going up there, I looked down at my parents’ faces and how proud they were, and I came down to tears. I was thinking about how much they had to do for me to put clothes on my back and shoes on my feet. I had to move constantly. I had to live with my sister. My parents were working so many jobs. All those things came to my mind at that moment.”
That is a lot to take on for such a young man, and Towns should be commended for having such intelligence on the fly. John Calipari is getting a special player, but the the only problem for the head coach now is how he will divide up the minutes among all of his High School All-Americans. That is not a bad issue to have as a leader, and Towns should prove to be quite a capable asset out on the floor.