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Karl Towns Jr. has franchise size and a high degree of skill.

As a 7-foot-1 player at close to 250 pounds, he is most comfortable, confident and best at facing the basket shooting jumpers or passing. Don't be surprised to see this big man hanging out at the high post, in ball screens and dribble handoffs, making jump shots and handing out some assists. Towns can and will go inside and call for the ball with a big man's demeanor.

When his body starts to shed away the baby fat and when he learns how to play in a stance from low to high, opponents will be in trouble.

I like him now, but expect him to improve from potential to player in time.

His upside is NBA-like because of his elite shooting touch from anywhere on the floor, along with his mammoth size.

His playing resume is impressive, as he was a member of the Dominican Republic Senior National Team, a two-time New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year and a three-time all-state selection.

Recently he was selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American Game. His most prestigious award came this week as he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Kentucky fans will enjoy and appreciate him as a person, student and basketball player.