LEXINGTON, Ky. — Karl-Anthony Towns delivered a reflective assessment Sunday of what could’ve been one of the greatest seasons in the history of college basketball: Kentucky’s 38-1 season in 2014-15.
Towns was back in Lexington to put on a basketball camp at UK. Near the end of his press conference, Towns, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, was asked if he ever reflects on the year he spent at Kentucky and the season that transpired.
“No one’s ever gonna do that again,” Towns said of the one-loss campaign. “That’s not gonna be something that’s done. It’s almost impossible. I talked to Devin Booker awhile ago about it. It’s not gonna be done again. It wasn’t just the way that we won, it was how we won. I mean, we’re beating teams by 50. UCLA should’ve just walked off the court against us at one point. It’s no disrespect to any university, but that year was our year. We went out there and we treated the game first, at all times with respect. We never disrespected the game of basketball, we always went out there with respect for our opponents and for the game. But we went out there with a chip on our shoulder, and that’s very rare for a team that’s on top of a mountain with absolutely no one around us. We made goals for ourselves that for a lot of people were not possible. We made it possible.”
The Wildcats’ dream season came to an end at the hands of Wisconsin in the Final Four. Towns had 16 points and nine rebounds in the 71-64 loss.
“It’s sad when you look back on my team, you’re gonna look back and see our team as a testament to what true power is and what true perfection is, but at the same time, how far away perfection truly can be in a humbling story — which is sad,” Towns said. “I felt our story was written in pen instead of pencil. We were mistaken.”