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Report: College star won’t suit up for Dominican Republic in World Cup

Aug 20, 2014, 2:01 PM EDT

Karl Towns AP

Karl-Anthony Towns, one of stars of Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class, will not play for the Dominican Republic in the 2014 basketball World Cup.

Towns has been a part of the Dominican men’s national team for years, since John Calipari was the head coach. But now that Towns is in his first season at Kentucky, Cal and the University reportedly¬†decided that they did not want him to attend the event, which will be held in Spain from August 30th through September 14th.

Kentucky played the Dominican Republic twice during their trip to the Bahamas. They went 1-1 in the two games, with the loss coming in their finale on a buzzer-beater.

The Dominican team is coached by former Kentucky assistant and current South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua.

  1. klinickal - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    I remember a time when kids relished playing in big competitions but I can see why he would want to stick around UK and bond with his college team, after all they will decide where he is drafted.

    Though if he dropped 20 on USA, win or lose, you could pencil him in as a top 3 pick.

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