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UK Huge Favorite for Towns; How Does Cal Do It?

Gosh, so many of these recruits look good in Blue.

There’s been a lot of news on the Karl Towns, Jr. front lately, with a lot of folks mentioning the possibility of reclassification, as well as his decision to announce on December 4th.  A reclassification would be a great boon for the 2014 class, which has seen much of its top talent, including Andrew Wiggins, move to the 2013 class.  But even if Towns moves up a year, how likely is he to pick Kentucky?

According to, Towns to UK is “a done deal.”  Their anonymous source allegedly close to his recruiting process says that “His decision has been made up and the announcement in three weeks is just a formality at this point.”  There are plenty of other schools on his list, but there’s no doubt that Kentucky is at least the prohibitive favorite, after Towns spent time under Cal’s tutelage on the Dominican national team this past summer.  But apparently “prohibitive favorite” isn’t even strong enough language to express Kentucky’s position.

“He will become the first Kentucky commit in either the class of 2015 or class of 2014, depending on whether he reclassifies.”

This is terrific news for Kentucky fans, who haven’t had a top ten recruit commit in weeks.  Hopefully Towns will end that drought.

Meanwhile, the recruiting folks at ESPN wonder just how Kentucky has nabbed 5 of the last 10 number one recruiting classes.  Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep break down the method to his madness and discuss the impact it’s had on the SEC.

Significantly, Telep points out that Cal always gets a point guard, and always gets a big man (Wall/Cousins, Knight/Kanter, Teague/Davis) who are among the very best at their position to anchor his teams.  Should Towns commit to UK, as many think he will, that will provide the big man that Cal needs for yet another year.

Though Telep says that “[Cal] ain’t offerin’ freshmen, sophomores, and juniors,” Towns seems to be an exception to that otherwise accurate rule.  That’s likely a testament to his ability, as well as Cal’s desire to have one of his Dominican team guys in Lexington for good.  And by “for good” I mean “for about nine months.”

Either way, don’t let the frenzy of the new season make you forget about these recruits coming up.  With Wiggins, Gordon, and Towns still out there, ready to make decisions, we have a lot to look forward to.  We may even get a little early Christmas present on the 4th if we’ve been good.

Article written by Corey Nichols

19 Comments for UK Huge Favorite for Towns; How Does Cal Do It?

  1. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    9:02 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I miss Biesner.

  2. HicksPickSix
    9:03 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Stick to yesterday’s formula: embed four videos and only write one sentence.

  3. tvillian
    9:14 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Forgot Randle, turdburgler

    9:17 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    ”how does cal do it”….$$$$$$$$

  5. Not Corey Nichols
    9:20 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Turdburgler was funny. Any update on Bledsoes eligibility?

  6. Linda
    9:24 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    So true.

  7. Ouch
    9:24 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Cal does do it with money!!!! The NBA’s money. He gets guys to the league. Thats all he has to do to get them.

  8. Han
    9:30 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Is this “MKG signs early” sure thing, or “Wiggins is definitely going to UK” sure thing, because one was sure, and the other is still in the air.

  9. bmt22033
    9:33 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    While I personally agree with your statement about having 5 of the last 10 *NUMBER ONE* recruiting classes, ESPN was the *only* major recruiting service NOT to give their #1 ranking for this year to Kentucky, then clearly that’s not what they were wondering. If you go back and watch the video, you’ll hear Dave Telep say “In the last 10 years, the Wildcats have 5 of the 10 *BEST* recruiting classes in the country”. But they’re clearly sticking to their proclamation that UCLA had the #1 recruiting class for 2012/2013.

  10. Lookin' at Florida
    9:35 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Is anyone looking at UF’s recruiting class for next year…..

    Don’t get me wrong, i’m not saying this will happen, BUT….they have Hill (#2 PG) and Walker (#4 PF)….AND they are still in with Frazier (#2 SG), Parker (#2 SF), Randle (#1 PF) and Johnson (#1 C). A “2-2-2-1-1” class would be pretty even with our “1-1-1-2-3” haul (if they were to get Randle and we were to get Wiggins and Gordon. While NOT at all ‘probable’ it does appear ‘possible’ to have the TWO best recruiting classes (statistically speaking) EVER not only in the same year, but in the same conference.

  11. bluefan
    9:44 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Nope, I believe it’s a testament to the relationship Coach Cal and Coach O built with this kid while coaching the Dominican Team. No mystery here.
    I wish the kid would stop wearing the Florida hat though. Maybe he wants to keep us guessing. lol.
    What a great time to be a KY fan! Go Cats!
    Nice post, Corey.

  12. bmt22033
    9:48 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    And speaking of ESPN and their recruiting class rankings, here were their own numbers for each player in the 2012 class:

    5 star – Noel – #1 – grade of 98
    5 star – Poythress – #13 – grade of 97
    5 star – Goodwin – #15 – grade of 97
    4 star – WCS – #40 – grade of 95

    5 star – Muhammad – #2 – grade of 98
    5 star – Anderson – #5 – grade of 97
    4 star – Parker – #26 – grade of 96
    4 star – Adams – #41 – grade of 95

    Using those numbers, we get the following:

    Average stars:
    UK: 19/4 = 4.75 (advantage Kentucky)
    UCLA: 18/4 = 4.5

    Average rank:
    UK: 69/4 = 17.25 (advantage Kentucky)
    UCLA: 74/4 = 18.5

    Average grade:
    UK: 387/4 = 96.75 (advantage Kentucky)
    UCLA: 386/4 = 96.5

    And yet ESPN felt that UCLA had the #1 ranked recruiting class for 2012/2013. Very interesting…

  13. Jughead
    9:49 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I think I’m dancing Gangnam Style on Dec. 4th. I’ll post a link.

  14. burger
    9:56 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    How does Cal do it?

    How do you not do it?

    Because you definitely don’t do it. Ever!

  15. TN Cat
    10:15 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    #10 So what you’re saying is Donovan must be paying recruits, right?

  16. HicksPickSix
    10:24 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    12 – You put more thought and research into that post than Corey has put into a month’s worth of “writing” (I use that term VERY loosely) on this site.

  17. cracka
    10:25 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    i saw that towns may reclassify to 2014 OR 2013 even

  18. old school
    10:43 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    great. another one and done who probably likes rap music. thats it. i’m now officially a louisville fan. they have integrity, and a classy coah who…oh wait a minute…

  19. Dickie Z
    11:22 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I read this whole post and didn’t even notice it was Corey Nichols. That is a good thing. Way to not totally suck today Corey!