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James Wiseman reportedly doesn’t want to play with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota

(Photo: USA Today/Joe Rondone)

(Photo: USA Today/Joe Rondone)

James Wiseman is already afraid of some good ole fashioned competition–or he might just not want to live in Minnesota for the next five years.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the former Memphis Tigers big man and expected top-3 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft does not want the Minnesota Timberwolves to select him with the No. 1 overall pick. The reason why? Wiseman doesn’t want to battle for minutes at center next to Wolves All-Star and former Kentucky Wildcat, Karl-Anthony Towns.

Wiseman does not want to come to Minnesota because Karl Towns is there,” Windhorst said on The Scoop podcast with Darren Wolfson. “From what I understand, Wiseman doesn’t even want to do anything with the Wolves.”

From a Kentucky fan perspective, this is quite funny. Wiseman famously chose Penny Hardaway and Memphis over John Calipari and the ‘Cats back in Nov. 2018 as the top-overall prospect out of high school. However, the NCAA later denied him the chance to play his one-and-done season (for ridiculous reasons, I will admit), and Wiseman only appeared in three games for the Tigers before deciding that he would opt-out the rest of the year in order prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Now, in what many anticipate to be a historically weak draft, Wiseman is avoiding the chance to play alongside a Wildcat once again. But despite the heavy dropoff at the top, he’s a consensus top-three prospect, joining Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball as the likely choices to kick off the draft. If Minnesota doesn’t take him, the Golden State Warriors (No. 2 pick) or Charlotte Hornets (No. 3) assuredly will.

To be fair to Wiseman, playing next to KAT wouldn’t make much sense for his personal development, plus it would be counterproductive from a Timberwolves’ front office standpoint. Minnesota already has its franchise big man in Towns plus a budding guard in D’Angelo Russell. They would be much better off taking someone like Edwards or Ball to develop as two-way players who can operate through Towns.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

12 Comments for James Wiseman reportedly doesn’t want to play with Karl-Anthony Towns in Minnesota



  1. VilleCat11
    4:19 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    For the money these kids make, maybe you should play for who drafts you and willing to invest in you…



  2. wineboy7
    4:33 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    He couldn’t carry Karl’s jock!!! He’s been a crybaby since day one and will be a bust in the NBA!!!



  3. mashman 93
    4:47 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    I hope Minnesota does pick him. I hate it when these athletes who are fixing to become millionaires try and bully their way through the draft process and most of the time it works!!! I didn’t like it when Elway did it and the same goes for Eli Manning.



  4. City shuffle
    5:16 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Love KAT and they year he had at UK but the feeling throughout the league is he’s soft as charmin. It feels like hes been stuck with the peraona of dwight howard from awhile back, all fun no work. The success of Miami and Jimmy Butler all but cemented that stereotype and the best case for KAT would be to get out of Minnesota.



  5. dukeisking
    5:41 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Jimmy Butler didn’t want to play with KAT. Said he was SOFT!!!



    • BobbyBlue
      6:25 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

      duke is cheating would be a more appropriate handle !!!



  6. Wild Turkey 101
    6:31 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Who doesn’t want to play in the NBA anywhere on any team? He quit on Memphis. Gotta question his motor and heart.



  7. peaches76
    6:38 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    His loss of eligibility wasn’t ridiculous…money involved



    • 4everUKBlue
      7:17 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

      You beat me to it. It seems Zack does no research before he writes these articles.



  8. Tom Bombadil
    10:44 pm November 1, 2020 Permalink

    Business is business…. I would draft him and then trade him to one of those other teams for cash and their first round draft picks. Screw Wiseman, Minnesota just needs to get draft picks for him.
    Wiseman is SOFT!



  9. CJKAssassin123
    7:02 am November 2, 2020 Permalink

    Plus he’s doesn’t want to be constantly reminded by KAT that he made the wrong choice going to Memphis over Kentucky. Although for what it’s worth Wiseman was not much of a “Wise-Man” (see what I did there?)on that decision!!!



  10. KentuckyBoy
    8:40 am November 2, 2020 Permalink

    I know hindsight is always 20/20, but I really think Cal does a good job dodging some of these bullets. Now, I’m kinda glad Wiseman chose Memphis. I’m not a fan of this kid or his decision making ability at all. Hopefully he grows up a little and realizes how blessed he is to be in the position he’s in, and appreciates it a little more.