Towns Named Freshman All-America by USBWA

March 17, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky men's basketball's Karl-Anthony Towns earned Freshman All-America honors from the United States Basketball Writers Association on Tuesday.

Towns, who has led the Wildcats with seven double-doubles this season, is averaging 9.7 points, a team-high 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks through 34 games so far.

The Piscataway, N.J., native has gotten better as the season has progressed, posting five double-doubles over his last 13 games. He is UK's leading scorer (12.2 per game) in the last five games.

He was named the Associated Press and Coaches' SEC Freshman of the Year, as well as a third team All-American by the Sporting News. He was also named First Team All-SEC and to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

Towns joins Julius Randle (2014), Nerlens Noel (2013), Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2012), Terrence Jones and Brandon Knight (2011) and DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall (2010) to earn USBWA Freshman All-America accolades under the direction of John Calipari.

UK begins its NCAA Tournament run on Thursday when it faces the winner of the Hampton-Manhattan game on Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. That game is scheduled for a 9:40 p.m. ET tip on CBS.

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