Former Kentucky Wildcats center and NBA draft prospect Karl-Anthony Towns told Nina Mandell of USA Today that the Minnesota Timberwolves have not guaranteed that they will select him with the first overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
“It’s not true whatsoever,” he said.
“I haven’t had any promises. Believe me if I had any promises, I would right now be getting fat and eating a large ice cream. But right now I’m still just trying to find out what team I’ll play for and I’m still stressed out waiting for Thursday to come about.”
It’s odd that Towns would say that, as the great debate around this year’s draft is just who will go first: he or former Duke Blue Devil and NCAA champion Jahlil Okafor.
Given how Towns is the more traditional low-post big man that usually thrives in Minnesota coach Flip Saunders’ system, it would seem that his being picked first overall on Thursday would be more of a certainty rather than just a possibility.
Yet, this is still NBA Draft week and if history has taught us anything, anything can happen.
If Towns is selected overall, he deserves it. But if he goes anywhere below No. 1, he would immediately become the steal of the 2015 draft class.
Campus Sports will update Towns’ status in the draft as any and all information becomes available.
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