The Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan caught up with Karl Towns this past weekend during the Under Armour Showcase in Charlotte, and Towns’ quotes about Kentucky and Cal will make you love him even more. Towns joked that he’s been committed to Kentucky so long (over a year), it’s like he’s already been “sent to the D-League or something,” and by the time he gets on campus, it will feel like his junior year.
What is the first thing that comes to Towns’ mind when he thinks of Cal? How loud he is.
“Loud. I mean, like he told me my first day with the Dominican team, ‘I’m not screaming at you because I’m mad, I’m screaming at you because I’m Italian.’ Coach Cal is such a great coach and such a great guy and a great human being. I’m just blessed I was given the chance to be his little apprentice and learn under him for these years.”
Towns also had some promising things to say about his future teammates, whom he’s already gotten to know on visits:
“This class is going to be one special class. People, really, look too much at the rankings, and it doesn’t actually show the worth of the player. This team, right now, the continuity is already there. The biggest thing about us is we all want to win, and we don’t care about the draft stock and we don’t care about how we do individually, we just want to make sure we get a W every time we step on the court. Right now, we’re taking those steps in high school to raise our game to another level before we get to college.”
I mentioned this last night, but next year’s team could be one of Cal’s best in terms of experience and talent if enough players return. It’s early, but it looks like Dakari, Marcus Lee, and maybe Alex Poythress (who is on track to graduate at the end of his junior year) could come back, which, along with Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis, could be a strong core group of veterans to offset the learning curve of the freshmen.
Meanwhile, I wonder how many things Calipari uses “I’m Italian” as an excuse for.
I gel my hair a lot because I’m Italian.
I eat a lot of
pasta meat because I’m Italian.
I pay a lot of money for loafers because I’m Italian. Also rich.
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