Two members of the 2014-15 Kentucky team that began the season 38-0 are on the same team again, at least figuratively.
Former Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns and guard Devin Booker both landed a spot on the NBA All-Rookie first team on Thursday, while former Wildcats center Willie Cauley-Stein made the second team.
All three players had productive rookie seasons, but Towns — the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft — stood out with the Minnesota Timberwolves, as he became the fifth player in NBA history to be the unanimous Rookie of The Year. Towns racked up 18.3 points (first among rookies), 10.5 rebounds, 2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.7 blocks per game.
Booker, who was picked No. 13 overall by the Phoenix Suns, averaged 13.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists, while becoming the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to record multiple 30-point games. The Sacramento Kings selected Cauley-Stein No. 6 overall and he came on in the latter stages of the season to start 39 games. The 7-footer averaged 7 points, 5.3 rebounds and a block in his inaugural season.
Towns, Booker and Cauley-Stein raises the total number of players in Kentucky history to make NBA All-Rookie teams to 17. Of those 17, 10 have been coached by Wildcats coach John Calipari in the previous six years.