Kentucky’s Towns Says It Would Be a ‘Blessing’ to Go No. 1 in NBA Draft to the Minnesota Timberwolves

BBjYTCM.imgNEW YORK — Karl-Anthony Towns won’t be playing his NBA games at Madison Square Garden after all.

Not until he visits the Big Apple, anyway.

The 6-foot-11 former Kentucky and St. Joe’s-Metuchen star could possibly be wearing a Minnesota Timberwolves jersey next season after the Wolves won the NBA Draft lottery and the rights to the No. 1 pick in the June 25 NBA Draft.

Not since Orlando won the right to pick Dwight Howard in 2004 had the NBA’s ultimate game of chance came out in favor of the team with the best odds. The Timberwolves had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick after finishing 16-66.

“It would be a blessing and an honor to even have a chance to play for Minnesota and be able to have the chance to play for a great organization and learn from a great mentor like Kevin Garnett,” Towns told at the lottery. To read more of this story, click here


Timberwolves Win NBA Draft Lottery, Chance to Take Kentucky’s Towns or Duke’s Okafor

Mar 28, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Karl-Anthony Towns (12) and guard Aaron Harrison (2) and guard Tyler Ulis (3) jump in the air after the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the finals of the midwest regional of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at Quicken Loans Arena. Kentucky won 68-66. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns could be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK — The Minnesota Timberwolves became the first team since the Orlando Magic in 2004 to win the NBA Draft Lottery after entering with the league’s worst record.

The Wolves will have the choice between two potentially dominant big men in Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.

The Lakers pick No. 2, the Sixers No. 3 and the Knicks fell to 4.

Here’s the order for the NBA Draft on June 25 based on Tuesday night’s Lottery:

1. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. New York Knicks
5. Orlando Magic
6. Sacramento Kings
7.  Denver Nuggets
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Miami Heat
11. Indiana Pacers
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Oklahoma City Thunder


Rhode Island Lands Indiana Transfer Stan Robinson

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Stan Robinson is transferring to Rhode Island. Photo: Mike Dickbernd

Indiana transfer Stan Robinson is headed to Rhode Island, choosing them over VCU.

“I felt a strong family connection with the coaches and players,” he told “I could envision myself playing for Coach [Dan] Hurley and his staff.”

The 6-foot-4 left-handed guard averaged 3.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists.

“I think my aggressive defense and the freedom Coach Hurley will let me play with will help my confidence in my shooting,” he said. “I will bring a great transition skill set to the team and also getting to the rim .”

He must sit a year per NCAA transfer regulations.

Robinson initially chose the Hoosiers over Maryland, Texas and Villanova.

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Tevin Mack to Texas (UPDATED)

Tevin Mack will stick with coach Shaka Smart after all.

The 6-foot-6 2015 wing out of Columbia (S.C.) Dresser picked Texas over Georgia and Clemson on Tuesday afternoon.

He will join guards Eric Davis and Kerwin Roach Jr. in Texas’ 2015 class.

Smart had initially secured a commitment from Mack at VCU last November, and now will coach him at Texas.

“We’re extremely excited about adding Tevin to our program,” Smart said. “He is someone we’ve been able to develop a strong relationship with over the past two years. (Assistant coach) Mike Morrell did a great job in identifying Tevin during the summer after his sophomore year. Since then, Tevin has gotten better and better. To read more of this story, click here


Calipari Denies Interest in Pelicans’ Job

Mar 18, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari talks to Kentucky Wildcats guard Andrew Harrison (5) during practice before the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari denied interest  in the Pelicans job.  Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky coach John Calipari denied that he is interested in reuniting with star center Anthony Davis and former guard Tyreke Evans as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

A report on said the two sides have had “exploratory conversations,” but that money could be a sticking point.

Calipari recently signed an extension at Kentucky that takes him through the 2021-22 season and pays him about $8 million annually, but the Pelicans are only willing to pay $4-$5 million annually, the report says.

Golden State Warriors lead assistant Alvin Gentry will get the first interview for the job, according to the report. The Pelicans are also interested in Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who appears to have coached his last game in the Windy City.

Calipari, who will earn a $1.6 million bonus if he remains the Kentucky coach on July 1, coached Davis to the NCAA championship in 2012.

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Caleb Swanigan Flips to Purdue

Caleb Swanigan

Caleb Swanigan is headed to the Big Ten, but not to Michigan State.

The 6-foot-8 2015 center from Fort Wayne (IN) Homestead High committed to Purdue on Tuesday after decommitting from Michigan State.

“He won a state championship in high school, he’s Indiana Mr. Basketball and he felt like with what Purdue has coming back, he would get a chance to possibly win a national championship for the state of Indiana at a school that had never done it before, which is one of the reasons why he chose the high school that he went to,” Roosevelt Barnes, Swanigan’s father, told by phone. “That’s why he chose Purdue and he feels like Matt Painter is a good coach.” To read more of this story, click here


After Draft Stock Plummets, Cliff Alexander Motivated to Impress

cliff-alexanderCHICAGO — There was a time, not so long ago, when Cliff Alexander was a projected lottery pick in the NBA Draft.

As late as last July, the 6-foot-8 power forward was ranked by as the No. 2 pick in this draft behind only Duke’s Jahlil Okafor.

By November, he had fallen to No. 10.

By February, he was at No. 17.

In March, after he stopped playing during his freshman year at Kansas as the NCAA investigated his mother’s ties to a financial firm specializing in pre-draft loans for athletes, he fell to No. 31. To read more of this story, click here