KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS, 2014: NO. 5
In hindsight, there’s no way Karl-Anthony Towns should have been the No. 5 player in his class, especially when you factor in that the four players ranked him were Jahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Stanley Johnson and Cliff Alexander.
Despite not putting up huge numbers at Kentucky (10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in his lone season in college), Towns was the driving force behind the Wildcats finishing the year with a ridiculous 38-1 record, coming within two wins of completed an undefeated season. For his troubles, Towns received consensus All-American status, and became the No. 1 overall pick of the 2015 draft.
NBA teams were not about to make the same mistake recruiting services made with Towns.