Towns, Cauley-Stein showcase their range in Los Angeles
06/02/2015 04:30 PM
LOS ANGELES — With the NBA Draft now only a few weeks away, the seven former Wildcats who left school early for the pros are working out for teams to try and improve their stock.
For Karl-Anthony Towns and Willie Cauley-Stein, that means proving they’re more than just post players and defenders.
The Kentucky frontcourt duo participated in a private workout session in Los Angeles on Monday with Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell and impressed NBA representatives with their soft touch around the perimeter.
Both Towns and Cauley-Stein showcased an ability to take their game behind the three-point line, a weapon they often weren’t able to use while playing at Kentucky.
ESPN draft expert Chad Ford and Jonathon Givony and Mike Schmitz of Draft Express were in attendance for the workout and left very impressed with what they saw.
Workout over. Towns one of the most freakishly talented bigs I've ever seen. Not sure what his weakness is in this setting.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 1, 2015
Towns really stroking it from NBA 3. During one sequence shot 11-for-13 from beyond the arc …— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 1, 2015
Watching Karl Towns work out in a setting like this is an absolute joke. Doing some absolutely unreal things. Unbelievable how skilled he is— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 1, 2015
Willie Cauley-Stein stroking the mid-range today. Just hit 8 or 9 straight 18-footers. Form looks solid. He's in very good shape physically.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 1, 2015
Video of Karl-Anthony Towns shooting NBA threes. Ridiculously talented pic.twitter.com/J8JiKXwCxP— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 1, 2015
WCS showing off the corner 3 ball pic.twitter.com/Pj3CqsRkWD— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) June 1, 2015
Towns is widely considered to be the frontrunner for Minnesota’s top overall pick on June 25th, and Draftexpress.com currently has Willie Cauley-Stein just behind him, going No. 5 to the Orlando Magic.
With NBA teams placing more and more emphasis on three-point shooting, KSTV discussed how valuable Willie and Karl’s offensive versatility will be in the pros.