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Karl Towns’ father reflects on Big Blue Madness

Having played for Dominican’s Olympic basketball team, Karl Towns Jr. is pretty familiar with John Calipari… his father, not so much. Karl Towns, Sr. came to Lexington with his son to take in Big Blue Madness last week and had nothing but positive things to say about Calipari and the Kentucky program.

In talking with Karl Towns, and his father Karl Towns Sr., two things always stand out in the recruiting conversation.

One, the younger Karl is putting a huge emphasis on the academic quality of the schools he’s considering; and two, the Towns family is looking for what they call a “class act program.”

After visiting Kentucky for Big Blue Madness, it seems like the Wildcats have passed both tests. 

The 6-foot-10 power forward from New Jersey, who on Thursday was named to the list of eight 2015 prospects who are five-star recruits by Rivals’ Eric Bossi, and his father spoke to Cats Illustrated to set the record straight about their Big Blue Madness visit, their previous visit to Florida, and what’s to come.

“The visit (to Kentucky) was awesome, just a great experience,” Towns Sr. said. “Karl really enjoyed everything about it. Seeing the coaches and all the other great players that are there and that they’re trying to recruit was just a beautiful thing.”

Academics is a huge part of where Towns will decide to commit to. He ultimately wants to receive his doctorate in kinesiology. Kentucky houses one of the best programs in the country. What up, Seaton Center?

A 4.0 GPA student at Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph’s HS, Towns plans on pursing a doctorate degree in kinesiology after his basketball days; and finding an undergrad program for basketball that can get him in the right direction to that career path is of the utmost importance.

“It’s a high level academic institution; everything was very well laid out,” Towns said, “That’s a big reason why we came down again was to listen to that presentation. Karl really wants to be in the kinesiology doctor field, and I think that Kentucky has an excellent program for that.”

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Article written by Rashawn Franklin

12 Comments for Karl Towns’ father reflects on Big Blue Madness



  1. Joe
    4:04 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Has Teddy Bridgewater been ruled ineligible yet for the UL football team? It is a known fact that he was tied to an illegal recruiter and received all kinds of benefits while in high school. Where is the NCAA on this one? I guess the Lance Thomas investigation will also have to wait until they finish up the Corey Magette investigation.



  2. catman
    4:17 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Why is Karl Towns allowed to play NCAA if he played for an Olympic team? Doesnt that make him a professional athlete? Just wondering if someone can explain. Awesome hes coming looks like a nice kid will be great at getting position from his size.



  3. SexnNursinHomes
    4:22 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    I can see why the Towns ruled out unc.



  4. Jeff
    4:22 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    Both amateurs and pros can play in the Olympics.



  5. uncle festus
    4:32 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    1. UL doesn’t exist, therefore you make a moot point



  6. Isaac in Long Beach
    4:38 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    2- Professionals are players who have been paid to play. Olympic athletes are not paid.



  7. LansingCat
    4:59 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    I REALLY like the fact that he’s a student. There’s something to be said for being interested in a school other than the fact that they’re the mostest amazing college hoops program evar, with a phenomenal coach. B. Knight version 2. Sir Brandon would giveth his approval.



  8. Linda Taylor
    5:06 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    3 – Yeah, I don’t think Swahili will help with practicing kinesiology, except in Africa.



  9. TD
    8:24 pm October 20, 2012 Permalink

    I just did a little research and Coach Cal still has 4 players holding offers for 2013 , what happens if they all except ? Am I counting wrong but wouldn’t that be a 9 man class ?!?!?!?!?



  10. Bledsoe's Biceps
    7:39 am October 21, 2012 Permalink

    9) – Offers are often conditional and withdrawn depending on who commits first. Now if we were talking Pitino, that’s a different story. He’d just run off his veteran players to make room for the new recruits.



  11. UK Joe
    8:07 am October 21, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like he’d rather be a Dr. but loves playing basketball. Maybe he’ll say “top 5 draft pick or education… The NBA can wait.” lol



  12. poppycat
    9:51 am October 21, 2012 Permalink

    #9……….So, if the first 7 leave, Hood makes 10, JP makes 11.
    Just about right.