1. Karl Towns may be Kentucky's best NBA prospect.
But that doesn't mean he's going to immediately play major minutes for the Wildcats. Towns, a 7-foot freshman, has all the tools to be a terrific player and brings a different dynamic than some of the other big men John Calipari has had since he has been coach at Kentucky because of his ability to shoot the ball and extend the defense.
Towns has a "Channing Frye" type feel to his game and his presence will add spacing and isolate whoever is playing the other front-court spot in the low post. Nevertheless, Towns' biggest hurdle next season may simply be just getting on the floor. The Wildcats return four players up front -- Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress -- who were a part of last March's run to the national title game and add arguably the top freshman power forward in the 2014 class in Trey Lyles.
Neither Lyles nor Cauley-Stein will play during this team's upcoming trip to the Bahamas due to injuries and that could open the door for Towns to get his feet under him early. Armed with a lethal pick-and-pop game as well as the ability to dive and finish at the rim, the New Jersey native has all the tools needed to be a dynamite player for a long time. It will be interesting to see how Calipari manages his front court with six players in the mix for three positions.
Look for Lyles and Poythress likely to see time on the wing at small forward early in the season in an effort to get everyone their fair share of minutes.
~ Scott Roach ~
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