By LARRY VAUGHT
When Kentucky landed 7-foot New Jersey center Karl Towns Jr., I thought he was one of the marquee recruits in the nation. He was as well spoken as any high school player I had ever interviewed and he had skills on the perimeter few 7-footers have ever had. Plus, he’s had experience playing against some of the NBA’s top players as part of his international experience.
Yet he sometimes seemed to be under appreciated by recruiting analysts. A few weeks ago I finally found one draft analyst who projected that he might be the top pick in the 2015 draft — and that was before anyone knew for sure who was leaving college for the NBA.
But now Scout.com released its final rankings and he moved up seven spots to the No. 4 overall ranking in his class. Rivals.com, Scout and 247Sports all placed him among the top five players in the class. ESPN had him No. 9 in its final rankings.
Not sue how there could be eight players better or higher ranked than Towns, but the others have him in the top five where it seems he easily deserves to be.