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Meet Karl Towns Jr.

In Adam Zagoria’s article yesterday where an anonymous source complained that coaching the Dominican team, he cited eighth-grader Karl Towns, Jr. as a potential reason for Calipari having an unfair advantage.  Towns, Jr. is the son of a Dominican-American mother and will play for Orlando Antigua’s twin brother on the U17 Dominican team.  According to Zagoria, he’s a baseball and basketball star and wants to play both in college.  The 4.0 student has received interest from the Cats, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma.

And, oh yeah, he’s 6’10 and can do this as an eighth-grader (class of 2015).

Article written by Thomas Beisner

56 Comments for Meet Karl Towns Jr.



  1. Rhymes With Thespian
    11:08 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    First



  2. yeahright
    11:11 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Holy schnikeys!



  3. bmt22033
    11:14 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Holy crap! Hard to believe that kid is in the 8th grade!



  4. TD
    11:14 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Daaaammnnn! He nails 3’s too!



  5. Iwearmybluesunglassesatnight
    11:15 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    haha, his twitter is Kat is 32! Great sign, go ahead, change it to Cat is 32. He’s a Cousins clone with a real good 3 point shot!



  6. GogoCats
    11:19 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Can he dunk?



  7. Uk hemingway
    11:20 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    This kid’s ball skills and shooting ability from deep are unreal for kid this age and size. Wow. Top 5 guy in his graduating yr. Fo sho!



  8. shuthefrontdoor
    11:21 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Most likely the best 8th grade prospect on the planet.



  9. RockCat
    11:22 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    McCarty/Horry type player with more upside.
    Obviously they do not call traveling in middle school.



  10. bigbadjon
    11:38 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Will somebody please explain to me why that damn fake USC football ad is still on a UK site.



  11. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    11:40 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    this is absurd.



  12. Wayne
    11:42 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    All I can say is WOW



  13. on to the next one
    11:48 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Some one complaining about Cal getting unfair benefits? I call that being smaaaart. Way to work that loop hole john



  14. Owen
    11:50 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, 6’10” in 8th grade? This kid is gonna be a damn giant.



  15. Chief McHeath
    11:57 am May 30, 2011 Permalink

    I kind of doubt he’s actually just 16.



  16. Ed has Tickets
    12:02 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Now that’s 8th grade talent Billy G.



  17. mike
    12:04 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    wow a 4.0 in middle school, i mean 7th grade was tough but, long divison, social studies, this is gonna be tough.



  18. SUPREMECATS
    12:10 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    lol yeah that’s just not fair



  19. UKfan1990
    12:10 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Let me know when he is AT LEAST a junior.



  20. BIGCATFAN
    12:20 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    If anyone thinks that Cal is still going to be here in 2015 then you are crazy, Cal is gone have he gets #8 for the cats next season, why else would Indiana be on top for top recruiting class in 2012.



  21. For reals
    12:22 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Holy crap. He doesn’t look like he can jump but the guy can obviously shoot it. The black Dirk?



  22. Nassau65
    12:22 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    funny how when someone makes a highlight reel, there are no missed shots.



  23. Ben
    12:23 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    How can he be that tall when most doorways are are 6’8″ tall and he is shorter than that? Maybe they are 8′ doorways which would make that a custom built house. Something does not look right!



  24. stevie
    12:25 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Nobody knows when Cal is leaving. Anyone who says they do are flat out liars!



  25. BlueNotes
    12:29 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    young demarcus cousins



  26. emmerts gay
    12:40 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t remember Big Cuz having that kinda touch from outside, although Cuz was one of my all time favorites and had a decent shot of his own. This kid to me looks like the best 8th grader since Lebron James. I’d be perfectly fine with a scholarship offer being made right now. I know that’s crazy talk but there aren’t too many seniors in college with that size and with that range, let alone an 8th grader. And he’s only gonna get better. I project him to be 9 foot tall and shoot 75% from three by his senior year



  27. GODSAZNO
    12:40 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    No one really knows how old some of these foreign players are, he’s probably a senior.



  28. Issel's two front teeth
    12:43 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    #22 really, I guess you would show how well you miss jumpers and free throws. Yeah, that will impress everybody. It’s a highlight video! I thought you were better than that Nas.



  29. emmerts gay
    12:44 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    I have that exact same basketball that he is palming. It has weird grooves in it but it actually feels pretty good to shoot. And this kid has a baby face he doesn’t look much older than 14 in the face



  30. emmerts gay
    12:45 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe 16 at the most unless that’s a pretty old picture I guess



  31. Issel's two front teeth
    12:49 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    whoever took the picture must be just as tall or taller, looks like they are almost looking down at him when they snapped the shot.



  32. Alex
    1:36 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    From that video there is Zero chance that kid is 6 10. Unless everyone in his 8th grade league is 6 6 and they are playing on 11 foot rims



  33. dubowski
    1:42 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    ok kids, lets wait 3 or 4 years then see where this kid is. its WAY too early, cmon guys this is stupid.



  34. UKfan1990
    1:44 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    #28 I think what #22 is saying is that everyone thinks he is an amazing shooter when you see him hit 5 threes in a highlight video because he doesn’t miss.



  35. Manbearpig
    1:46 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    He’s no Michael Avery…



  36. The Former Clyde
    1:48 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    May be the best 8th Grader since Dakata Euton,,,,Bourbon please,,,



  37. invisiblecomments
    1:51 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    He looks a lot like Dolly Parton.



  38. MNCAT
    1:57 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    6’10”?



  39. TEAMJORTS
    2:02 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    6’10? I dont think he looks 6’10 but surely around 6″7 max



  40. SexnNursinHomes
    2:22 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    danny alamonte



  41. Nassau65
    2:37 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    28. I’m just pointing out the fact that someone could make a highlight video of me (i’m 55) hitting a couple dozen shots from anywhere on the court, and some here would think, damn-that old dude is good. Now, granted-it may take me half a day-but you wouldn’t see that-you’d just see three minutes of me knocking ’em down. Not knocking the kid, I’m just not impressed with highlight videos.



  42. Not 6-10
    2:39 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    I will give him 6-6 at the most. Most 6-10 guys when they are around the basket and put their arms up are only a few inches away from the rim. He didn’t appear that way in his video. He could be a Carmelo Anthony type though he has the same frame as melo. Good looking shot for his age.



  43. Kyle Mann
    2:43 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    A lot of time left before he graduates. We’ll see how good he is in four or five years.



  44. Hestkuk
    3:04 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    6-10 and cant even dunk the ball? Im not impressed.



  45. ff
    4:15 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    If i were 6’10 I could do that in my sleep



  46. Cornfucious
    6:30 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    The kid is good; moves to the bucket well, uses his big frame to his advantage, and he can shoot. Very rhythmic. But, #20 is correct. Enjoy CAL, and the program for now. Coach’s Always Loaned. Remember and learn from history; always look to ensure the future. But never count the McDonald’s All Americans before they match up in LEXtown.



  47. PillowTalk
    8:23 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    I dont know why people are questioning his age. He has an 8th grade face. Dominican teams have not ever been accused of lying about peoples ages like the Chinese or anything.

    He will play for us ONLY if Antiqua stays here for 5 years which I think is a big long shot, because he should have been a head coach yesterday.



  48. jeff
    8:37 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    I was wondering same thing #23…something out of proportion !



  49. Nassau65
    9:16 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    either way he’s a large kid.



  50. not impressed
    11:16 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    he is slow and does not play like a big man at all. he needs to step up his footspeed a lot if he wants to compete at a high level and he also seems to play good defense basically because he is so much bigger than the other players i don’t think he is that great and unless he becomes more mobile he will not make it at kentucky.



  51. Mattcat68
    12:20 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    If he’s 6’10” the person that took his picture must be 7’3″



  52. Joe
    8:58 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    50: I agree. I’ll share my scouting acumen:

    1) Slow foot speed
    2) Can’t jump
    3) BUT, he can shoot long range.
    4) Very physical, will bang
    5) He’s got good handles
    6) Can pass
    7) He uses his body well, not afraid of contact.
    8) Plays with some emotion.
    9) Tries to block shots
    10) Plays prolly too much on the perimeter

    Obviously, he’s an elite player. Hopefully he can work on his foot speed.



  53. August19
    10:28 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    First off, he’s not playing middle schoolers, he’s playing high schoolers, especially if he’s playing in a U17 league this summer. Secondly, if he’s playing for Antigua’s brother’s team and Cal is coaching the Dominican team, they’ve obviously seen him play and know more than what the highlight reel has shown. After 3 number one classes, I trust Cal knows what he’s doing



  54. uk3k
    1:39 pm May 31, 2011 Permalink

    I dont think hhe is really 6’10. More like 6’7 on a tall day.



  55. 7aintenough
    2:03 pm May 31, 2011 Permalink

    I’d say he’s a little better than Michael Avery.



  56. Nassau65
    5:32 pm May 31, 2011 Permalink

    post