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Timberwolves take Towns with first pick of NBA Draft

NEW YORK - The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday.

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Karl-Anthony Towns (right) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves as the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday in New York. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters)

NEW YORK - The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Karl-Anthony Towns from the University of Kentucky with the first overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The 19-year-old center is considered an ideal modern NBA big man as he boasts a lethal combination of defensive domination, low post scoring brilliance and the ability to shoot from outside.
The versatile, 6-foot-11 Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 56.6 percent from the floor as a freshman for a Kentucky team that went 38-1 in 2014-15, losing its lone game to Wisconsin in the Final Four.
A top-flight shot blocker and strong rebounder, Towns has a variety of effective offensive moves in the post and can also step out and shoot with range.
The Los Angeles Lakers made 6-foot-5 guard D'Angelo Russell from Ohio State University the second pick of the draft. Duke 6-foot-5 center Jahlil Okafor went third to the Philadelphia 76ers.
University of Wisconsin 7-foot-1 power forward Frank Kaminsky went No. 9 to the Charlotte Hornets.

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