Karl Towns said he wasn’t nervous playing in front of his future college coach for the first time since committing to Kentucky Dec. 4 and reclassifying to 2014 from 2015. But when John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua entered the gym at West Orange High School to watch the 7-foot Towns, it definitely caused a stir in the crowd, with several fans eventually going over to Calipari and posing for pictures and asking for autographs.
“I was actually a little excited,” Towns said after finishing with 18 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks in St. Joseph-Metuchen’s 67-66 overtime win against Teaneck in the Hoop Group Showcase. “You’re going to be playing for Kentucky in a while and always seeing your coach is a very exciting thing because it’s like your father. You want to go out there and play well for your father, and also my real father was here so it was kind of like double momentum.”