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Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Willie Cauley-Stein named to NBA All-Rookie teams

Three former Kentucky Wildcats were named to the NBA All-Rookie teams on Thursday.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein were all recognized by the league after strong showings in their rookie seasons. Towns was named NBA Rookie of the Year earlier this week, the first UK player to ever claim the honor.

Towns and Booker were first-team selections, while Cauley-Stein was tabbed for the second team.

During his first season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Towns, who was last year's No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocked shots per game. He swept the NBA Rookie of the Month awards for the Western Conference, taking the honor in every vote. Only eight players in league history have done that, including future Hall of Famers Lebron James, Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

Booker, the youngest player in the NBA this season, averaged 13.8 points for the Phoenix Suns. He took off after the all-star break, averaging 19.2 points from that point forward. The No. 13 pick in last year's draft finished third in the 3-point shooting contest during all-star weekend.

Cauley-Stein, who picked up two votes for the first team, averaged 7.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots for the Sacramento Kings. He was the sixth overall pick in last year's draft after spending three seasons at UK.

Kentucky has now placed 17 players on the NBA All-Rookie teams in school history. Ten of those players have been coached by John Calipari.

UK players who have made the NBA All-Rookie teams:

Sam Bowie – 1985 (1st)

Rex Chapman – 1989 (2nd)

Jamal Mashburn – 1994 (1st)

Antoine Walker – 1997 (1st)

Derek Anderson – 1998 (2nd)

Ron Mercer – 1998 (1st)

Rajon Rondo – 2007 (2nd)

Eric Bledsoe – 2011 (1st)

DeMarcus Cousins – 2011 (1st)

John Wall – 2011 (1st)

Brandon Knight – 2012 (1st)

Anthony Davis – 2013 (1st)

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – 2013 (2nd)

Nerlens Noel – 2015 (1st)

Karl-Anthony Towns – 2016 (1st)

Devin Booker – 2016 (1st)

Willie Cauley-Stein – 2016 (2nd)


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