Timberwolves make Towns first pick in NBA Draft

Towns averaged 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game last season at Kentucky. Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky forward Karl-Anthony Towns first overall in the NBA Draft on Thursday.

Towns, 19, played just one season at the University of Kentucky, leading the Wildcats to a 38-0 record before losing to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four. T

he Timberwolves now have the last three No. 1 overall picks on their roster, as Towns joins 2013 top selection Anthony Bennett and last year’s first pick Andrew Wiggins, who were both drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and traded for forward Kevin Love.

Towns is the Timberwolves’ first-ever No. 1 overall draft pick. He joins guards Derrick Rose and John Wall and center Anthony Davis as top selections who played for head coach John Calipari.

At 16-66, the Timberwolves were the league’s worst team last season, but they broke the recent trend of last-place teams not landing the top pick in the draft.