November 15, 2013
LEXINGTON (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari signed forwards Trey Lyles and Karl Towns and guards Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis for next season.
“All four of these guys are skilled for their position and they have the ability to score,” Calipari said Thursday in a release. “We’re happy to announce they will be joining us next fall.”
Scouting sites have rated the 6-foot-10 Lyles among the top 10 of the 2014 class. The two-time Indianapolis player of the year averaged 17.9 points and 12.7 rebounds last season.
The 6-5 Booker was Mississippi’s Gatorade player of the year and is rated from 18th to 31st by various websites. Ulis, a 5-8 point guard from Chicago Heights, Ill., is ranked among the top six at his position after averaging 21.9 points and 4.8 assists.
Towns is ranked among the top five post players and has played for Calipari and Wildcats assistant coach Orlando Antigua on the Dominican Republic National Team the past two years.
Kentucky’s signees follow an eight-man class considered the best in school history. Calipari had nearly as much praise for his latest incoming players.
In Lyles, the coach hopes the inside-outside player is “our next beast.” Lyles averaged 20.3 points for Canada at this year’s Under-19 World Championships.
Calipari said the 7-foot Towns brings “great versatility” to spread defenses. He called shooting guard Booker “a scoring machine” who can play multiple positions
Ulis averaged 21.9 points and 4.8 assists as a junior at Marian Catholic.
“He can score in bunches, and like every point guard I’ve had, he brings a little something different to the table,” Calipari said.