Tag: Karl Anthony-Towns

Rookie of Year Towns surprised he didn’t even do better

Karl-Anthony Towns signed autographs at AllSports in Fayette Mall Wednesday. (Matt DiLorenzo Photo)

Karl-Anthony Towns signed autographs at AllSports in Fayette Mall Wednesday. (Matt DiLorenzo Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Despite his enormous talent, Karl-Anthony Towns has never been one to take success for granted. He didn’t in high school and certainly did not during his one year at UK.

That’s why he was not stunned with his rookie season in the NBA with Minnesota that led to him being named Rookie of the Year.

Towns: Media helps make UK special for fans

By LARRY VAUGHT

He might have only been at Kentucky for one season, but Karl-Anthony Towns is a true Kentuckian — and even likes the Kentucky media.

“This is a place that’s very special to me in my heart. It’s always been special to my family as well because of you guys,” Towns said Thursday during a break at the John Calipari Pro Camp.

What a star UK player who embraces the media and isn’t afraid to say so?

Do not overlook potential that Trey Lyles still has

Tyler  Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

Tyler Ulis, left, and Trey Lyles were part of a special recruiting class at UK. (Larry Vaught/Verizon Photo)

By JESSICA JONES, Contributing Writer

John Calipari’s 2014 recruiting class was one of my personal favorites. Karl Towns went on to be the number one pick in the NBA draft and rookie of the year. He was so much fun to watch at Kentucky.
Devin Booker was the sharp shooting favorite of many ladies of the BBN. Remember girls licking his car on his autograph tour? He also brought the “reload” 3-point celebration to the Bluegrass. Booker was a lottery pick and finished third in the rookie of the year voting last season in the NBA.
Tyler Ulis. That’s all I really need to say. Tyler is considered by some Calipari’s best point guard thus far. He’s easily a fan favorite.
These three were so impactful to our memories and the game that we often forget about the fourth member of that class: Trey Lyles. He was so quietly good that even Calipari forgot about him. Remember midseason when Calipari joked that Trey was missing?
Trey had flashes of greatness while at UK and a silky smooth jumper. However, due to all the star power on that team, Trey was kind of an after thought.
I met Trey briefly in Chicago after the UCLA game in 2014. He was genuinely kind and goofy. He seems like a really great kid and will make BBN very proud.
I watched Trey in the summer league the other day against the Celtics where he posted 26 points and 11 rebounds. It was just the summer league and one shouldn’t get too excited but he looked great. He also played well against the Spurs summer league team where he hit three 3-pointers and finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Trey averaged 6 points in his rookie season with the Jazz. I look for him to continue to improve on that this season. He has all the skills and now with his rookie year under his belt I think he will start to make more of an impact.
I think it’s possible we may even see the Jazz in the playoffs next spring. Kentucky fans should keep an eye on Trey in Utah. Trey will have a very long and successful NBA career. 

Guest post: Who are Calipari’s top five UK guys in NBA? Where will current Cats go in draft?

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Anthony Davis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Vaught’s note:: Benjamin Schodowski is a Centre College graduate who spent some time with me during his college career from 2005-2009 in Danville. He’s a big-time UK fan and aspiring businessman who also loves to travel. Today he shares his thoughts on who are the best players John Calipari has playing in the NBA and the upcoming NBA draft in what I hope will be the start of regular posts by him.

By BENJAMIN SCHODOWSKI

Booker, Cauley-Stein, Towns make NBA All-Rookie team

-1LEXINGTON, Ky. – The notion that the Kentucky men’s basketball program not only puts players in the NBA, it prepares them to succeed, was underscored Thursday by the latest honors from its most recent draft class. Former Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein were named to the NBA All-Rookie teams on Thursday by the league.

Towns, who was named just the fifth unanimous Rookie of the Year in league history on Monday, was a unanimous first-team selection. Booker also made the five-man first team while Cauley-Stein landed on the second team.