Believe it or not, Kentucky has never had a former player win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to end that drought on Monday.
Towns is expected to be named the 2016 Rookie of the Year, according to a report from Kentucky.com’s Jerry Zgoda. The Timberwolves teased a potential award ceremony when they revealed there will be a “major NBA announcement” Monday at noon, ET. Towns will make it back-to-back winners for the Timberwolves after Andrew Wiggins won the award last year.
The No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft was a beast during his debut season, averaging 18.2 points and 10.4 rebounds. He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month every month from November to April.
Towns averaged 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks during his lone season with the Wildcats.