Having played for Dominican's Olympic basketball team, Karl Towns Jr. is pretty familiar with John Calipari... his father, not so much. Karl Towns, Sr. came to Lexington with his son to take in Big Blue Madness last week and had nothing but positive things to say about Calipari and the Kentucky program.
In talking with Karl Towns, and his father Karl Towns Sr., two things always stand out in the recruiting conversation.
One, the younger Karl is putting a huge emphasis on the academic quality of the schools he's considering; and two, the Towns family is looking for what they call a "class act program."
After visiting Kentucky for Big Blue Madness, it seems like the Wildcats have passed both tests.
The 6-foot-10 power forward from New Jersey, who on Thursday was named to the list of eight 2015 prospects who are five-star recruits by Rivals' Eric Bossi, and his father spoke to Cats Illustrated to set the record straight about their Big Blue Madness visit, their previous visit to Florida, and what's to come.
"The visit (to Kentucky) was awesome, just a great experience," Towns Sr. said. "Karl really enjoyed everything about it. Seeing the coaches and all the other great players that are there and that they're trying to recruit was just a beautiful thing."
Academics is a huge part of where Towns will decide to commit to. He ultimately wants to receive his doctorate in kinesiology. Kentucky houses one of the best programs in the country. What up, Seaton Center?
A 4.0 GPA student at Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph's HS, Towns plans on pursing a doctorate degree in kinesiology after his basketball days; and finding an undergrad program for basketball that can get him in the right direction to that career path is of the utmost importance.
"It's a high level academic institution; everything was very well laid out," Towns said, "That's a big reason why we came down again was to listen to that presentation. Karl really wants to be in the kinesiology doctor field, and I think that Kentucky has an excellent program for that."
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