The HS Sophomore Brought in to Play Against Team USA
Words. Patrick Cassidy
In the midst of the 113-59 hammering that the Dominican Republic‘s national team took at the hands of Team USA on Thursday night, something amazing happened.
A 16-year old got in the game for the DR and did some work.
Karl Towns, 6-11 uber-recruit out of St. Joe’s (Metuchen, N.J.) was recruited by DR head coach John Calipari (who also happens to be recruiting Towns hard for Kentucky – funny how that works out) to be a part of the national team (his mother was born in the DR).
The Class of 2015 star checked into the game and promptly buried a three over Anthony Davis, and finished his night with three points, two boards, one assist, and one blocked shot.
Following the game, Towns tweeted pictures of himself with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Tyson Chandler. The Daily’s Dan Wolken said the high school star was wearing University of Kentucky basketball shorts on his way out of the gym. By the end of the night he was trending on Twitter.
So while other college coaches can’t even talk to Towns for another year or so, Calipari has already coached the kid for a month. And not only has the UK coach allowed Towns to meet with his favorite NBA players, he’s actually given him the opportunity to play against them.
When it comes time for Towns to make his college decision, UK will surely be in the mix. And don’t think for a minute that Calipari won’t be reminding him of a certain night in Vegas when a 16-year-old took on the best players in the world.
Check out footage of Towns toying with peers at St. Joe’s:
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