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Orlando Antigua played big role in Kentucky landing Karl Towns Jr.


Karl Towns’ parents were delighted when he picked Kentucky, but his father insisted they did not try to influence him.

“We let him pick the place that would fit him and benefit him,” Karl Towns Sr. said. “He knows the system. He knows Calipari. Kentucky has a great kinesiology program, and he likes that. It came down to Kentucky and Duke. We did not pressure him. When Hurricane Sandy hit and we had not power for two weeks, he put all the pros and cons on the board for the schools he liked. But we didn’t know what he was going to do.”

One plus for Kentucky was assistant coach Orlando Antigua.

“There relationship grew. He did not know coach O until the Dominican team, but the way he worked with him and the fundamentals he stressed impressed Karl,” Towns Sr. said. “All the people out there, he grew to know and like. Everyone on that staff had a key in his development last summer. He got the best of both worlds with all those great coaches and a high level education. But he really liked coach O.”

Kentucky fans have also grown to like the Towns Jr. and communicate with him often on various social media.

“The Kentucky fans have been very good and very active on Twitter especially,” Towns Sr. said. “We monitor that. There are certain things he can’t do. But the Kentucky fans have been so gracious. They have responded great. We are looking forward eventually to his transition to Kentucky. It’s going to be a beautiful thing.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    Kudos for coach O!

    1. larryvaught

      It is amazing how good a recruiter Coach O is

    2. Larry T Clemons

      Coach Antigua is OUR Joe B Hall To Rupp…I do hope he stays for the future transition to Head Coach for Our Kentucky Wildcats….

  2. Karen Sprinkle

    Both Coach O and Coach Payne do an amazing job in recruiting. Hope we keep both of these guys for a long, long time.

  3. coldspringmike

    I watched Coach “O” for two nights when the the Dominican team played at the Bank Of Kentucky Center at NKU durning the summer. Coach “O” was Karls shadow and coaching him up in pre-game, during time outs and even on the bench. I knew then we had him, but watching them walk off the court one night with Karls arm wrapped around Orlando,s shoulder just confirmed it.

  4. LindaS

    Mr. Towns said, “It’s going to be a beautiful thing.” I just know it is too! Wow, what a comment.
    I know Coach O and Coach Payne have hopes of sometime being a head coach, but I sure would hate to lose them and Coach Robic. What a combination they have been with Coach Cal. Don’t want to ever see them leave because they have become such an integral part of the Big Blue Family.
    Livin’ Blue & Lovin’ It.
    Dang I wish I had a son who was still young enough to play b-ball….at Kentucky!

  5. JCC

    As long as the money is good and they do not get a big time offer I would say they will be around for a while.

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