Karl Towns Jr. is a ninth grader who stands 7-feet tall and is averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds per game for St. Joe’s in New Jersey. (It’s the same high school that produced Jay Williams and Andrew Bynum.) Towns was a 6-foot-10, 225-pound eighth grader. As you might expect, colleges are already hot on his trail:
“Know when I realized my son was good?” Karl Sr. said. “When colleges started visiting him (this year). When Tom Izzo came in. When Cincinnati flew in. When Kentucky showed interest. When Syracuse came in and visited. Villanova was in the house. When I saw all them cats in the gym, Jay Wright and everybody asking about him, I said these coaches are coming out to recruit a freshman. Come on, you have to be outstanding to get people to fly out and see you in your own gym.
Kentucky – as expected – has a huge “in”: Towns played for the Dominican Republic U-17 team, and one of the coaches was the brother of a Kentucky assistant. As you can see from the video below, Towns isn’t just some interior player who swats shots and dunks – he’s got a feathery touch from beyond the arc. [Star Ledger; photo via Inquirer]