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Jeff Goodman and Chad Ford think Karl Towns is in the conversation for the #1 pick

Photo by Darrell Bird,

Photo by Darrell Bird,

Photo by Darrell Bird,

We’re all doing our best to keep the hyperbole in check, but even the national media is getting excited by UK’s performances so far on the Big Blue Bahamas trip. Karl Towns was particularly impressive this afternoon, putting up 19 points and 10 rebounds, prompting Jeff Goodman to say he’s “in the conversation” for the number one pick in the 2015 NBA Draft:

ESPN’s NBA guru Chad Ford agreed:

Whoa. Not sure I’d go that far, but Towns certainly looked good this afternoon. And it’s only August.

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16 Comments for Jeff Goodman and Chad Ford think Karl Towns is in the conversation for the #1 pick

  1. DB11
    4:45 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink


  2. D
    4:52 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    The compliments are great, but there’s not much defensive intensity by these other teams.

    Lets not get ahead of ourselves.

  3. Hoot
    4:53 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Goodman also said that there will be pissed off big guys on the bench. Always ready to downplay UK. Also crushed Andrew Harrison while giving Ullis a complement. Goodman is far and away the worst.

    • Han
      4:56 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Ullis is showing a lot of ability, but he’s also benefiting from having less pressure than most Cal point guards since Andrew is the presumed starter. Gonna be fun to watch all of the guys develop and excel this year. With this depth, everyone will need to keep pushing themselves to keep their minutes up since Cal likes to default to an 8-man rotation.

    • Drew
      5:04 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Han and Hoot – Ulis**^^ not Ullis

  4. Dwayne Mullins
    4:59 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Once again Kentucky Football has taken a back seat to Basketball, it’s Football season, enough of Basketball year around.

    • Ben
      5:01 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Can’t you quit bitchin’ and be happy for a change?

    • Han
      5:04 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Well, Dwayne, there’re basketball games on, so we’re going to talk about basketball. We can still talk about football, but we don’t have to. Maybe football will get a little more attention when they start playing games, just as basketball news will dip again when the offseason resumes.

      You’re free to be a football homer who hates how much attention basketball gets, but UK Football hasn’t earned the attention that basketball has. We support our football team, but it will take a lot of success for it to ever deserve the kind of year-round interest the basketball team does.

      That’s not unfair. That’s realistic. If you have a problem with it, find a UK football-only blog or forum.

    • Catlanta
      5:11 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      Sorry dude, but Football just isn’t as fun of a sport to watch. Even if Kentucky were a national championship contender in football–and don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see that–football still wouldn’t be as fun to watch as basketball.

      Football will always be a tertiary sport for me behind basketball and baseball.

      9:25 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      BASEBALL?!?! Thanks for the laugh…

  5. Han
    5:00 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Towns will have to keep his intensity high and avoid freshman slumps since he’s going to be competing with so many guys for time at the 4 and 5. Depending on how many end up in the final rotation, you’re looking at Dakari, Willie, Marcus, Trey, Karl, Derek and Alex all capable of playing inside.

    But if you play Karl 20 minutes alongside a Dakari or Willie or Marcus or Trey, our length and athleticism means he can go for big plays. And they’ll all get better looks than Randle ever did last year since our returnees are more accustomed to the system, have more experienced guards, and can all be more efficient than they were last year.

    If we develop on the curve we all hope to see following these games, we can have 2-3 guys capable of averaging 10-20 points off the bench every night.

  6. ThatCrackerBZ
    5:14 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    I’m not sure if the KSR staff are trying to control expectations or what, but I don’t see how you guys don’t see it. 19 points and 10 boards in limited playing time is spectacular for a 18 year old against grown ass men.

    6’11” – passes like a guard – has range as a shooter – rebounds – can dribble exceptionally well for his size – and is just learning to be a defender = NBA scout’s wet dream. Karl will be a starter come march. Mark it, dude.

  7. ddd
    5:14 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    I was thinking he’d be in the conversation even after the game Sunday just based on his basketball-ness. didnt get a ton of looks but looks like a guy that should turn into a serious nba prospect very quickly

  8. NotMattJones
    5:45 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

    Just like how Julius Randle was in play for #1 pick last year? Please. Towns will go top 10, but he lacks the athleticism to go top 3.

    #1 pick will be Mudiay, Alexander, Okafor, or Stanley Johnson.

    • NotJodyDemling
      6:12 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      At least he won’t go second round and struggle to be signed, amirite?

    • Anthony Bennett
      6:55 pm August 11, 2014 Permalink

      It takes athleticism to be the first pick? Who knew? Thanks for the info!