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Top sophomore Karl Towns picks Kentucky, decides to move up to 2014

Karl Towns Jr. committed to Kentucky today. / USA TODAY Sports

When Karl Towns sat down in front of a packed gym at St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.) on Tuesday morning, most spectators were expecting to hear one big announcement.

Towns ended up making two.

Before Towns, the consensus No. 1 sophomore in the country, picked Kentucky over Michigan State, Indiana, Duke, Rutgers, Florida, N.C. State and Seton Hall, he announced that he would reclassify to the 2014 class.

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“It’s just a relief,” Towns said. “So much stress and so much nervousness are gone now. Kentucky is just such a great school. There just such a powerhouse in basketball and at the same time they’re such a great academic school. I just felt that Kentucky was the best choice.”

Towns led St. Joseph to a state title last season, averaging 12 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game. This past summer he played sparingly for the Dominican Republic National team where he was coached by Kentucky coach John Calipari.

Towns is Kentucky’s first commit from the 2014 class.

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