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Karl Towns already feels like a Kentucky veteran

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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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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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27 Comments for Karl Towns already feels like a Kentucky veteran

  1. average fan
    5:04 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I graduated after my junior year also.

  2. Italians are not White
    5:05 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I smell like garlic and garbage because I’m Italian.

  3. Jason
    5:10 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Brian Long better appreciate this because I’m Italian

  4. classof68
    5:16 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    This kid really sounds intelligent.

  5. Tard Hater
    5:17 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I put a horse head in Pitino’s booth at Porcini’s because I am Italian!

  6. UK_Ryan
    5:19 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I drive a Vespa because I’m Italian.

  7. KentuckyLady
    5:36 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I make a lot of hand gestures because I’m Italian!

  8. Plenty
    5:53 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget, the twins don’t look like a lock to the NBA either.

  9. inlinefor9
    5:58 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I won’t buy into any hype next year, but I have been feeling for about a month or so that next years team, in my opinion, has a better recipe for success.

    As of right now Chad Ford is projecting the Twins late first round and second round. Assuming Poythress, Lee, Dakari all come back you end up with a situation where you have those three, and the new freshmen. If you keep the Twins, that’s a solid roster of experience and talent. Willis and Hawkins would serve as decent backups as well for breather minutes. Not to mention, none of the freshmen would HAVE to come in and be stars.

  10. Ricky p
    5:59 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I go for 15 because I’m Italian.

  11. Jeffrey
    6:00 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    We have to wait an see and not jump the gun, this years team, as talented as they are still have to come together and win tough games. Which, fortunately, they are. Despite the loss at Arky, they showed they are ready to turn the corner. They will not lose very many games in the SEC, and should take it.

    But just like this team, next years roster has to do the same, perhaps, we as fans get really lucky, and have a good number of returning players. We should be keeping Dakari, Lee, Hawkins, and Willis, thats for sure. But Young, and the twins are a big question mark, then you have WCS and Poythress, what of them? Randle is gone for sure.

    But to say our sophomores return for their junior season, with a few (unexpected) returning freshmen for their sophomore season, WOW, what a deep team.

  12. James K
    6:42 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I’ve been saying recently that I have a sneaking suspicion that we will be a better basketball team next year. We are going to have a collection of very smart players. The question for me will be athleticism.

  13. Coach Cal
    6:42 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t care about free throws because………I’m Italian.

  14. Chaz
    7:18 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    At 7’1″ it’s safe to say you are tall enough now. But I do Really like the eyebrow thickness growth.. brings back pleasant memories of another UK great. Good luck to you and enjoy your high school experience. It’ll never happen again. Stay well.

  15. KevinM
    7:46 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Because I’m Italian, I like my team!’

  16. arlo
    8:23 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    is pasta meat the other white meat?

  17. I'm Not Italian, but I Love My Mom. End of Sentence.
    8:31 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    from the article:
    “I’m just glad I have a great mom and she actually makes these trips to support her son and everything. Some people don’t have the opportunity to have their mom or their father travel to support them, so I’m just blessed I have that opportunity.”

    You’ll be fine at Kentucky, Karl.

  18. NBA league pass
    8:33 pm January 16, 2014 Permalink

    Poythress is not coming back. He will be a lottery pick

  19. Chad Fords
    12:23 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    No way Poythress is a lottery pick lol. You’ve gotta be kidding me. All three will be back unless one of them transfers. They aren’t close to being ready. I would think one or BOTH of the Harrison twins would come back, too. They aren’t ready.

  20. Michael Turley
    6:24 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

    We won’t know anything worth speculating until the end of this season. However, this team would have won every game it’s played if they had hit at least 65% of their free throws. They get to the line more than any team they’ve played so far. I don’t know the stat for the rest of the NCAA teams, but I know that this team cannot be stopped unless they are fouled. They have to start hitting those free throws. As they improve teams are going to extend games by fouling them. They have got to hit those freebees. The clock is stopped. They would have had games wrapped up before the final 2 minutes several times if they’d hit those early free throws. They would have made it a 2 or 3 possession game instead of a one several times. And they have to learn to block out the basket in the final second instead of watching the other guy slam the …… ball in for the win. Geez, you guys are too smart to stand flat footed at the end game. Get it together and go show the nay sayers your every bit as good and better than the hype. You’ve got the goods. Now go do it. GO BIG BLUE!

    • Megan
      9:16 pm January 17, 2014 Permalink

      “This team sucks at the line and stupidly lost the last game. GO BIG BLUE!”

      I guess that makes it better.

      Kentucky hit 65 percent from the line against Arkansas, and of course lost. They hit 67 percent against North Carolina. And lost. If Kentucky hit 65 percent against Baylor, they still lose. And 65 percent against Michigan State doesn’t win the game.

      I understand what you’re saying, but you better up the percentage to something defensible next time. And stop obsessing about free throws! Two more shots from beyond the arc, three fewer turnovers, better transition defense (ANY transition defense), defending the pick and roll, communicating: There are so many things that are at least as important during a basketball game. Be a basketball Benny and pay more attention to them.