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By LARRY VAUGHT

By the time the early signing period ends, Kentucky should have a big jump on landing a fourth straight No. 1 recruiting class for coach John Calipari.

California’s Marcus Lee, a 6-9 forward and a consensus top 25 prospect, signed his scholarship Wednesday on the first day of the signing period. He picked UK over California. Bullitt East forward Derek Willis also signed Wednesday after picking UK over Louisville and Purdue.

Twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison of Texas, two of the nation’s top 10 players, are scheduled to sign this week as is forward James Young of Michigan, another top 10 prospect.

While Calipari is also pursuing several other top 15 prospects in the 2013 class, he may well get a big head start on the 2015 recruiting class when 6-11 New Jersey sophomore Karl Towns Jr. announces his college choice Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. The 6-11 Towns is the No. 1 player in his class after averaging 11.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 5.1 blocked shots per game as a freshman for St. Joseph’s High School and led his team to its first non-public group A state championship.

Christine Denham, senior account executive with Coyne Public Relations in New York, notified media members Wednesday that Towns — “arguably the nation’s best sophomore in high school basketball and a University of Kentucky recruit” —  would make his verbal commitment live on regional cable network MSG Varsity. The MSG Varsity special will be broadcast from the high school, will air on Optimum TV channel 14 and will be streamed live on www.MSGVarsity.com.

Towns attended Big Blue Madness at the same time the Harrisons, Willis, Young and Lee were on campus. He also visited Duke and Michigan State this fall.

He was on the Dominican Republic national team coached by Calipari last summer and spent time on the Kentucky campus. He was also in Brooklyn when UK opened the season with a win over Maryland.

Towns is an all-A student who takes advanced classes. So far there has been no confirmation of him re-classifying to the 2014 recruiting class, but his father told Scout.com Wednesday that he might re-classify to the 2014 class or even 2013.

6 Responses to Super sophomore Karl Towns will commit Dec. 4 and could consider moving to 2013 or 2014 recruiting class

  • Juan4UK says:

    WOW, this kid looks like he is going to be special. On and off the court. Cal and his staff does it again. I’ll tell you what. If Cal hits another deep run this year, or can grab a National Championship I fully expect to see the Assistant Coaches salaries to go up to around $1m. The staff that he has put together, including Robic and Rod Strickland are doing a first class job from top to bottom.

  • Mike Flannery says:

    Sadly, many are plotting to stop Calipari. a Jonathon Mahler from the Bloomberg Review, wrote another indictment of Calipari and Kentucky exploiting “one and dones” to our advantage. He might be Pet Thamel’s illigitimate son along with being another frustrated Syracuse fan. He suggests that the NCAA do away with the Freshman eligible rule to stop Kentucky…..why doesn’t he attack the root cause, the NBA player’s agents. He paints the picture that no one else can or would do this but Calipari and UK. Makes me wonder if this Bloomberg Review is associated with the New York Governor who donated millions to shut down Kentucky Coal. However, it is Okay to spend untold millions on the Yankees…no problem there…both situations are within the rules. Players come to Kentucky because he tells them the truth…he doesn’t fill their ears with BS and empty promises.

  • coldspringmike says:

    Mike, UCLA went out and signed 2 or 3″ one and dones ” this year although Shabazz might be a ” one and none “.

  • JT says:

    In the 3rd paragraph you stated that Towns is both 6’11 and 6’9. How can a player skip 2 years from 2015 to possibly 2013?

    • larryvaught says:

      Thanks for catching that on the size JT. Father just said he was looking at either class, but looks now it will only be the 2-14 class

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