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Kentucky Wildcats: Morning Quickies - Karl Towns Jr. Edition

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Karl Towns is whatever you need him to be.
Karl Towns is whatever you need him to be.
David Becker

Karl Towns is back in the news, this time as the subject of an excellent article over at Sports Illustrated. Here's a taste:

At 7-foot-1, 245 pounds, Towns is one of the most uniquely gifted high school players in the country. He has the size to play power forward or center, the perimeter skills and shooting stroke to play small forward and the passing ability to play point guard. It's no wonder why Towns himself can't even name his own position.

"I can't," he says. "You saw me dribbling. I don't see anybody doing that. I shoot the three lights-out. I feel like my post-up game is above average. Everyone always asks me what position I am, and I always say, 'I really don't know. Whatever you want me to be.'"

I'll tell you what I want you to be, Karl -- a Wildcat. And you will be. I tell you what I did not know, and that is that Towns no longer plays on the AAU circuit, and hasn't for 2 years.

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Awesome. Just awesome.

Your Quickies:

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College football
  • My favorite question for SEC Media Days: "Coach Bielema, Talk a little bit about how your experience in the Big Ten will help in losing games against SEC competition." Pick yours. [Hank]

  • Does this sound familiar? Kentucky isn't unique. [Hank]

    [Glenn] I rather liked this one for Mark Stoops: "Your basketball credentials seem thin. What can you do to help Coach Calipari bring home another title?" Heh.

  • Boys behaving badly: Latest in the Vandy scandal. [Hank]

    [Glenn] Could we see some Fulmer Cup points for Vanderbilt? Whooda thunk it.

  • Johnny Football off to jail. Well, no, not really, although it could have been worse. [Hank]

  • SEC out-NCAAing the NCAA. Consider:
    The SEC is a leader in football, yes, but the league has done more for college athletics as a whole in the past decade than the NCAA. It has had better ideas, been more decisive and stayed largely untainted -- which is more than we can say about the kingdom in Indianapolis.
College basketball
  • Roy Williams responds to the P.J. Hairston saga. [Hank]

    North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams ended his silence about the P.J. Hairston saga Monday, declaring in a school-issued statement that Hairston "knows he has made serious mistakes, and there will be serious consequences as a result."

    [Glenn] When you read on, you'll find this comment from ol' Roy:

    "Certainly the idea of suspending P.J. has been discussed," Williams said. "However, he is not currently enrolled in summer school, is not practicing with the team and we have no games until November. There are several options available in terms of discipline, but we are going to wait until the process is complete to decide on those options."

    Translation: "For possessing marijuana and weapons in a car provided by a felon, we're going to send him to bed without any supper, and make him do 100 push-ups." Sucks to be you, P.J.

  • Speaking of Hairston... [Hank]

  • Bruce Pearl's assistants have a hard time getting hired because of the show-cause penalty they suffered. That's the idea, right?

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