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February 26, 2015 Updates

To say the Lakers could maybe use a player like Towns is to say they've had a good big man or two in their past. They currently own the NBA's fourth-worst record and are on pace to keep the top-five protected pick they owe Philadelphia via Phoenix, though nothing is set in stone until the May 19 lottery. While teammate Willie Cauley-Stein gets all the national highlight attention for his dramatic array of dunks, Towns is more apt to score on an eight-foot hook shot. With either hand. Or a mid-range jumper. Or set up a teammate with a sharp pass from the post. He doesn't project to make the immediate pro splash of Okafor but he'll eventually make someone happy. "He's the one to take for three years from now," said an NBA front-office official who requested anonymity. Los Angeles Times

February 19, 2015 Updates
February 12, 2015 Updates

Rising: Karl Anthony Towns: Most freshmen prospects go through ups and down, and Towns is no exception, having faced adversity this season. After struggling for a five game stretch, he's had four straight games in double figures and is showing the offensive upside that has him considered among the cream of the 2015 NBA Draft crop. He tied a season high with 19 points and looked a lot more confident against Georgia. Than, he hit a key hook shot in crunch time to give Kentucky the lead over LSU and pulled down a big offensive rebound to keep the team undefeated, finishing with 12 points and 13 rebounds. It is great to see him with more confidence in his shooting stroke and he has improved his post efficiency since the season has started. He tends to learn from his mistakes and has seems quite coachable. His size and talent were always there, now he has started to develop some consistency and confidence that he can build upon. He appears to be a lock for the top half of the lottery and is currently mentioned in most scout's top 5. NBADraft.net

February 10, 2015 Updates
January 25, 2015 Updates

A second NBA executive said Kentucky’s versatile 6-foot-11 forward Karl-Anthony Towns of Piscataway, N.J., and Dallas point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, who opted to play overseas in China rather at SMU, are other possibilities, depending on who lands the first pick. Ohio State dynamic freshman guard D’Angelo Russell is a possible sleeper, as well. “It’s not 100 percent,” another NBA scout maintained. “There’s definitely other options. It depends on the need of a team. [Okafor will] definitely be in every single talk for the No. 1 pick.” New York Post

October 16, 2014 Updates

Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. “He’s only going to get better. Outside of [Duke's Jahlil] Okafor, those are probably the two best big offensive players in college. He’s that good. At 6-11, 7 feet tall, he’s got a lot of offensive talent, he really does. He can score from the perimeter and he can score down on the block. He can do both. He’s very talented, very talented.” ZagsBlog.com

October 14, 2014 Updates

Karl Anthony-Towns is Kentucky’s best NBA prospect by far and Andrew and Aaron Harrison look like borderline first-round draft picks, one veteran NBA scout who was at Kentucky’s combine over the weekend told SNY.tv. “Karl Towns is their best prospect and it’s not close, it’s not close,” said the scout, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he’s not permitted to comment on draft prospects. ZagsBlog.com

“He’s only going to get better. Outside of [Duke's Jahlil] Okafor, those are probably the two best big offensive players in college. He’s that good. At 6-11, 7 feet tall, he’s got a lot of offensive talent, he really does. He can score from the perimeter and he can score down on the block. He can do both. He’s very talented, very talented.” ZagsBlog.com

August 17, 2014 Updates

One veteran NBA scout who has watched the games told SNY.tv that freshman big man Karl Anthony-Towns of New Jersey could be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and that Kentucky’s second five is better than a lot of teams’ first five. “They are loaded,” the scout said of Kentucky. “It will be hard not to see them playing in the [NCAA] championship game in April of 2015. Their second five may be better than most of the teams they have on their schedule.” ZagsBlog.com

“Towns has a chance to go No. 1 but not out of the top five,” the NBA scout said. “Poythress has gotten better but he’s still a 4 more than a 3. The twins are better but not lottery picks. Ulis is a nice college guard. Booker is a prospect in a few years.” ZagsBlog.com

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