Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky an imaginary friend named Karlito
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Though John Calipari has made a career at Kentucky of taking McDonald’s All-Americans and turning them into one-and-done college All-Star teams, it is still not easy playing for Mr. Slick.
He’s known as a quite demanding coach. One of Calipari’s finest freshman this season, Karl-Anthony Towns, found a way to make peace with his coach, inventing an imaginary friend, dubbed “Karlito” by an assistant coach.
Karlito is not just a figment of Towns’ imagination though. He is also now a Twitter handle.
Karlito is the angel on Towns’ shoulder, but more of a priest, not giving him advice but listening to any complaints Towns may have towards his coach or the officials.
It’s hard to imagine Towns having many opportunities to consult Karlito, though, as he won SEC Freshman of the Year this season, and is generally regarded as a lock for the top-five of June’s NBA draft.
Playing on a stacked team, Towns plays just 21 minutes per game, but has scored 10 points a game, grabbed almost seven rebounds and blocked 2.4 shots a game.
At 6’11”, he is a dominant force in the paint, who many hope will matchup with fellow freshman phenom Jahlil Okafor of Duke in the NCAA Championship Game.
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