Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. Edition

Jonathan Daniel

News and commentary from around the Big Blue Internet. Karl-Anthony Towns Jr., incoming UK player, wins Gatorade Athlete of the Year award. Day 3 of SEC Media Days today. More.

Karl-Anthony Towns Jr. is your Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year. Consider:

First, he thanked his mother for cooking so well because, you know, he’s "a big guy." But then he quickly became more serious. When Towns began talking about his father’s sacrifices to ensure his son would have every opportunity, he fought back tears in giving example after example. The crowd of adults buzzed about the 18-year-old’s speech after the event – and they didn’t even know he hadn’t planned it.

"I just ad-libbed up there; I didn’t think I was going to win," he said. "I went up there and saw the hardware in my hand, and thought about all the hardships I had to go through. I thought what my family did. When they said my name, I was in complete shock.

This kid is special, and he’s going to be great at Kentucky. The last guy who won this award and played for us led us to the Final Four.

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