The #1 overall player in the 2015 class is set to make his college decision tomorrow morning at his high school in New Jersey. While he has strongly denied that Kentucky is the overwhelming favorite to land his services, others don’t see how he doesn’t land in Lexington. Evan Daniels of FoxSports recently tweeted in regards to Towns’ decision: “The writing’s on the wall”. Being a 2015 recruit, it’s really early for most players his age to start announcing their college decisions, but Towns wants to get it over with. He says he wants to leave a legacy in high school and not have the distractions.
The other two major players in his recruitment have been the Duke Blue Devils and the Florida Gators. Kentucky has always seemed to have the overwhelming edge because Towns played on a John Calipari coached Dominican national team. Towns was able to form a great bond with Calipari and assistant coach Orlando Antigua, who is also Dominican. He was most recently spotted at the Kentucky vs. LIU-Brooklyn game getting a second opinion of the school. Towns says it was the first time he’s really seen the campus.
As for the Dukies and the Gators, Florida would seem to be the bigger rival to steal away Towns from the ‘Cats. Fellow Dominican and NBA player Al Horford has reportedly tried to firmly sway Towns to join Billy Donovan in the Sunshine State. Horford played with Towns on the Dominican national team, and was part of the Gators 2006 and 2007 National Championship teams. Along with Kentucky, Duke earned a 2nd official visit from Towns during his recruitment process. Obviously there is interest, but he didn’t randomly show up at a Duke game.
A potential X-Factor for the Wildcats may not be the campus or even the coaches, it may be John Calipari’s son. Towns and John Calipari’s son Brad, reportedly became good friends while Towns was in Lexington with the Dominican National Team. Towns and the younger Calipari are the same age and would go to Kentucky at the same time. Here’s a video of them playing horse from back in the summer:
On top of the news that he has actually grown more since last summer, there have been some reclassification rumors going around as well. Now standing closer to 7’1”, Towns and his family have recently discussed the option of allowing Karl to reclassify to the 2014 class because he is such a superior student. The direct benefit for Towns would be to get him into the following year’s NBA Draft instead of waiting another year.
All signs should point to Kentucky to land his services. Reportedly, as of today Towns says he still has no idea where he wants to go to school. He says that he thinks he knows, and then he’ll switch it up. Hopefully he’ll stay away from the Gators and pick the right shade of blue tomorrow morning.
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