Kentucky Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns is now an NBA player.
The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Towns with the No. 1-overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He becomes the fourth player under John Calipari to go No. 1 in a draft, joining Derrick Rose, John Wall and Anthony Davis.
In one year in Lexington, Towns earned All-American honors while winning SEC Freshman of the Year accolades during his freshman season. The 6-11 Piscataway, N.J., native averaged 10.3 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor and 81.3 from the charity stripe.
Towns saved his best basketball for the biggest of games, logging 14.2 points and 6.8 rebounds throughout the NCAA Tournament. He was the 2015 Midwest Region Most Valuable Player after scoring a career-high 25 points and hauling in five rebounds on 10-of-13 shooting vs. Notre Dame.
Congratulations to KAT on becoming a professional basketball player in addition to becoming a millionaire:
1st pick in tonight's draft gets $25.7M over 4 years with option. Jameis Winston, as #1 pick in NFL Draft, got $25.3M guaranteed— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 25, 2015