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What will be Karl Towns’ biggest adjustment at UK? Dad’s answer may surprise you

Karl Towns photo courtesy MSG

Karl Towns photo courtesy MSG

By LARRY VAUGHT

What will be the biggest adjustment for 7-footer Karl Towns Jr., one of the nation’s top-ranked high school seniors, when he gets to Kentucky?

He’ll be facing older, more experienced teammates. He’ll be playing more game. He’ll be coached by John Calipari and staff like he never has been before and pushed to daily limits he probably can’t even grasp yet. Plus, he’ll be under the daily Big Blue microscope.

Yet his father, Karl Towns Sr., thinks his toughest adjustment will come off the court in a special way.

“The hardest thing is going to be having to wash his own clothes. Now that is going to be a transition for him,” said Karl Towns Sr. “He’s going to have to learn to fend for himself. There will nobody there to do all that kind of stuff for him. That will be the hardest thing for him to adjust to. The basketball, physical fitness, maturity, he’ll be fine with all that. But the laundry, I just don’t know.”

Karl Towns Jr. has played for John Calipari on the Dominican National team. He’s played against NBA players, including some of the leagues top stars.

“He’s been through it all,” his father said. “He’s played with pros and battled NBA men. Nothing on the court is really going to bother Karl. The best thing for him is that there will be no more double or triple teams (like he faced in high school in New Jersey). He’ll get to go one-on-one and with his skill set and ability to shoot from the 3-point line, that will be fun.

“He’ll be a challenge for a lot of teams. They will have to pick their poison. He can handle (the ball). He can play the block. He can pass. That’s why he won’t be intimidated going down there. He knows what Cal expects and that part will be fine.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    This was interesting reading. I do think Karl will still see some double, and triple teams in college play. How else will the opposition stop him? We sure saw that in the past with JR, WCS, DJ. I think his shooting from long range will be a big help to the UK offense. Like Dad says, “pick your poison.”

    1. Larry T Clemons

      Occasional double team, but with our squad, you triple team someone, other will make you pay !

      1. Anonymous

        LTC, I agree with that, or at least it should be the case with all the talent on this team. ZWe will see.

  2. TrueBlueJohn

    I agree with his dad that he will not face the double and triple teams that Randle had to put up with. The opponents will have to play him straight up out on the floor because of the range that he has. If they do double team him, he is tall enough to throw over them to a cutter, or he can take that 15 footer. Besides, he is going to be surrounded by so much talent, the opposition can’t afford to double him. Boy, this is going to be fun.

  3. Phillip Barker

    Karl’s deep shooting range will set him apart from all the other bigs. He’ll really stretch the floor for our other front court players…they’ll love him!

  4. dandrD

    Won’t that be nice… a big throwing a big an alley oop. The only reason I can wait is the season Cat football is on the verge of having.

  5. Eagle_man

    It will be hard for anybody to double him, just because of how loaded we will be. If you double him, he passes to the twins, Booker, WCS, Dakari, Alex or others. Most likely, teams will double whoever we have in the low post this year with very limited success if any.

  6. JRock1966

    Hilarious….sometimes we forget these kids are just typical teenagers.

    1. Larry T Clemons

      My main point, all last Season… What a Job those Teenagers Did !

  7. Jimharris

    I think most parents believe the kids can’t handle the routine of fending for themselves when they first leave home. Surprising, however, we all learn to operate washer/dryer, steam iron, dust mop, etc., when we see that there’s no one around to do it for us. Things we don’t have to leave home to learn about: microwave, computer & electronics, TV apparatus, car, girls, girl’s dads, etc.

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