It’s unclear at this point just how many minutes Karl Towns will play next season in a loaded Kentucky front-court, but draft analysts are already drooling over his potential at the next level.
The 7’1″ New Jersey native was slotted as the No. 5 prospect in the 2014 class, according to the 247 composite rankings.
ESPN’s Chad Ford seems to believe that Towns’ ceiling is even higher, ranking him as the No. 3 prospect in next year’s draft class, behind just Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay.
Here’s what Ford had to say about Towns:
3. Karl Towns Jr. | Kentucky
Towns has the size and agility to make a run at No. 1 — if he gets minutes. Scouts compare him to a young, less volatile DeMarcus Cousins. Towns can score both inside and out and has been a favorite of scouts for the past couple of years. But he’s going to a loaded Kentucky team that also has Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson at center. Will he be able to get the minutes he needs to make his case for a top pick? Towns has more upside than either player, but lacks the experience.
Rounding out Ford’s top five were Latvian prospect Kristaps Porzingis and Texas freshman Myles Turner.
With Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles and Marcus Lee also in the mix, it’s hard to say whether Towns will be a starter or just how many minutes he will receive next season. Still, it’s obvious that his potential is off the charts.