Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Karl-Anthony Towns Named USBWA National Freshman of the Week

Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns has been named USBWA Wayman Tisdale national Freshman of the Week.

Towns averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in wins over LSU and South Carolina last week.

Here is an excerpt:

Freshman of the Week for Feb. 10-16: Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns.

With no obvious statistical standouts among freshmen in the past week, we turn to the nation's lone undefeated team and see the growth and impact Karl-Anthony Towns continues to display.

With the way John Calipari deploys his team, no player is rising to the top of traditional statistical measurements and standing out on the team, let alone in the league or nationally. But Towns' play last week is worth highlighting; if you watched either of Big Blue's games, you know he was critical in keeping Kentucky without a scratch.

Towns, who won SEC freshman of the week for the third time, averaged 10.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in UK's wins at LSU and vs. South Carolina. The LSU game in particular was outstanding, as his presence and ability to beat out the Tigers' bigs was crucial in UK's win. The Wildcats lost a big lead down the stretch.

And then Towns looked like a top-five NBA pick, which he'll almost definitely be come June. The LSU game saw him finish with 12 points and 13 boards. Two of those 12 points came off an unexpected deep 2-pointer from the top of the key. That cut LSU's lead to 66-62 and sparked Kentucky's comeback.

In the last five games, Towns' 13.4 points average is best on the team. Coming into the season he was pegged as Kentucky's best player. You can still debate that, but at least we're finally seeing it.

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