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Karl-Anthony Towns named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month

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One year after becoming a star for the Kentucky Wildcats, Karl-Anthony Towns is already reaching stardom in the NBA.

The Minnesota Timberwolves rookie has been named the NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month, the league announced Thursday.

Towns, the No. 1 overall pick in NBA Draft 2015, ranked second among all rookies in scoring (14.4 ppg) and led all rookies in rebounding (9.4 rpg), blocks (2.18 bpg) and free throw percentage (86.7) during the month of November. Towns was also third in field goal percentage (52.6) and registered double-doubles in six of his first eight games, highlighted by a 28-point, 14-rebound outing in his second career game, a 95-78 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 30.

With that performance, Towns became the first player to record double-doubles in his first two NBA games at age 19 or younger. Oh, and he just turned 20 on Nov. 15, so he's only beginning to scratch the surface of what he's going to be in the NBA, which is likely another max-contract player that John Calipari has coached.