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Freshman at Kentucky who should be a top 5 selection in June, 2015. Big, long and fairly athletic big who has a very skilled game. Was the best pro prospect on the floor tonight against Kansas and totally looks the part.
 

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Confident Karl-Anthony Towns embraces low-post role

Maybe a full name reflects a more complete game.

That's what Karl-Anthony Towns suggested when a reporter noted the seeming change in the Kentucky freshman's offensive approach. In the summer, he swished three-pointers while limiting his play around the basket to offensive rebounding. In basketball parlance, he looked like a "stretch four." But as the season began, assistant coach Kenny Payne said Towns should concentrate on adding a low-post game.

"In the summer, I guess I was Karl Towns," the freshman said after UK beat Montana State Sunday night. "Now, we're having Karl-Anthony Towns. So I guess we had to switch out the game a little bit."

A bright smile crossed Towns' face. He seemed to like the idea of adjusting and improving even though he came to Kentucky with plenty of recruiting laurels upon which to rest.

"I'm trying to be the most complete player I can be," he said. "Anytime anyone asks me the question (about how he'd like to improve), I always say, 'everything.' I want to be the best offensive player. I want to be the best defensive player. I want to be the best in-shape (player). I want to do everything I can to help this team."

As if to remind everyone that he still could, Towns made a face-the-basket shot against Montana State. But he insisted that he's comfortable being a low-post hub, a role big men sometimes resist.

"You know, I'm just having a ball being in the paint," he said. "I'm trying to make that my home. ... I've always had that in my repertoire. Just do what I can. Like they say, if it's not broke, don't fix it. My post game has definitely been very nice to me."

Having made only nine of 25 shots in the first four games (36-percent accuracy), Towns hit four of six attempts in the 86-28 rout of Montana State. He insisted he was unfazed by the previous misses.

"I never dwindle my confidence any time I miss a shot," he said. "I've always been (of the mind that) scorers never have a bad day. They just keep shooting. In my mind, that's all I'm thinking. Even if I miss a shot, I miss a layup, just keep shooting. They're giving you the ball for a reason."

Towns credited his father, also named Karl, for making him resilient.

"My dad always put it in me: Make sure mentally I'm always strong," Towns said. "The game is 90-percent mental (and) 10-percent physical. So I'm trying to be as mentally strong as possible."

Given the attention always paid to scoring, Towns' contributions on defense might be a surprise. Through five games, he's the runaway leader in blocks on a team with many candidates for that distinction. His six blocks against Montana State increased his early-season total to 18, or double that of second-place Willie Cauley-Stein, a member of the Southeastern Conference's All-Defensive team last season.

"In high school, I always felt I was a good shot blocker," Towns said. "I just always took pride in trying to make sure the rim was always mine. Protected the home."

Again, Towns credited his father, who played college basketball for Monmouth.

"I always protect the kingdom at all costs," Towns said. "No one comes into the kingdom without having a guard come up to them."

UK's defense limited Montana State to 19.7-percent shooting accuracy. The Bobcats became the second UK opponent in the last three games to make less than 20 percent of its shots.

The 12 blocks against Montana State increased Kentucky's team total to 49. The school record for a season is 344 (2011-12). As teammate Devin Booker said after Sunday's game, the Cats want to be remembered as a historically good defensive team.

Like Towns, the Cats want to be forever improving.

"Every day, we're working not only to get to a high level, but surpassing that level," Towns said. "Every day, we step into practice, we have one goal in mind: that is to be the best defensive team. Offensively, we're so talented, you really shouldn't have to worry about that too much."
 

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Towns is another tantalizing two-way big man. He's long (7-3 wingspan) and mobile with a body type similar to that of former Wildcat Anthony Davis. Towns has shown devastating shot-blocking skills (2.6 blocks in just 18.6 minutes per game), and scouts believe he can develop into a reliable offensive option. Kentucky's depth will camouflage some of Towns' talent, and his limited playing time will depress his numbers (the 19-year-old is averaging 9.4 points and 7.1 rebounds).
http://www.si.com/nba/2014/12/10/nba-big-board-draft-jahlil-okafor-karl-towns-emmanuel-mudiay
 

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I am not sure who he plays like but I haven't seen a big go after the ball like that in a long time.
 

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Anthony Davis is Kevin Garnett v2.0, the guy that Towns reminds me most of is Al Horford. Albeit with the size to be a full time C. Right now he's #1 on my draft board (no knock on Okafor, but he's the uncrazy DeMarcus Cousins, while Towns has the ability to dominate on both ends of the floor).
They would look good playing next to each other. :D
 
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