UNDATED (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns left Kentucky for the NBA in April. But he was back in school this week at the league's Rookie Transition Program.

First-year players from the U.S. and overseas convened in New Jersey this week to attend four days of classes aimed at helping them make the jump to the pros. The NBA and the players' union collaborated to give them information on everything from financial planning and retirement to ways to handle relationships with women.

Towns was the No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He called the experience and eye-opener. Towns says being able to hear from former NBA stars about the pitfalls that await was particularly helpful.

NBA senior vice president of player development Greg Taylor calls it the most important four days of a player's career.

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