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NEW YORK -- Kentucky may have missed out on Marques Bolden on Thursday, but there was plenty of other good news for Big Blue Nation.

Former Wildcats Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota) and Devin Booker (Phoenix) were both named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, while Willie Cauley-Stein (Sacramento) made the Second Team.

Towns, the Piscataway, N.J., native, had already been unanimously named the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns, who set franchise rookie records in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage, has unanimously won the 2015-16 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, the NBA announced Monday.

The 7-foot center who starred at Kentucky and St. Joe's-Metuchen High School becomes the fifth unanimous winner since 1984 and joins teammate Andrew Wiggins, the 2014-15 honoree, to make the Timberwolves the first team with back-to-back winners in 42 years. 

Towns received all 130 first-place votes (650 points) from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters in the United States and Canada, joining Damian Lillard (2012-13 season), Blake Griffin (2010-11), David Robinson (1989-90) and Ralph Sampson (1983-84) as unanimous winners in the last 32 years. The Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis finished second with 363 points, and the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic was third with 59 points. Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.

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The Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in January. 

Twe two players,heavy favorites for Rookie of the Year honors, earned the award for the third consecutive month.

Porzingis ranked fourth among all first-year players in scoring (15.3 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.2 rpg) in January. He also tied Towns for the rookie lead in blocked shots (1.63 bpg) and paced the East's first-year players in three-point field goal percentage (37.5). Porzingis posted four point-rebound double-doubles, including a 28-point, 11-rebound performance in a 100-99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 8. He scored at least 12 points in 13 straight games from Jan. 3-26.

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- Karl-Anthony Towns  isn't worried about Skal Labissiere.

One year after Towns was the heralded Kentucky big man projected as a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft, Labissiere has now taken over that mantle.

Yet Labissiere has struggled thusfar, most recently failing to notch a single point, rebound or assist before fouling out of Saturday's 72-58 win over Bobby Hurley-coached Arizona State. For the season, the 6-foot-11 Haitian sensation is averaging 10.6 points and 3.5 rebounds.

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