St. Joseph Metuchen’s Karl Towns leads SportsU 16U’s

Towns at Under Armour Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest

Karl Towns is a special talent. (photo above by Kelly Kline)

Listed at 6-9, 210 pounds, the class of 2015 center by way of St Joseph’s Metuchen (N.J.) has athleticism and averages close to double figures in most offensive categories.

The big man has the ability to post-up defenses in the paint and fall back on a mid-range to even picking his spots to shoot over opponents from range.

The freshman has been compared to Andrew Bynum, also an alumni of St Joe’s. The most recent wave of highly touted Jersey high school recruits like Kyle Anderson (UCLA) and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Kentucky) drew similar attention.

But even with masses of reporters gathered around the mature and humble Towns, he explains the real challenge to overcome is on the court.

“I’m just looking for a great education under a coach where I can get comfortable and learn a system,” he said. “It’s just a blessing to have my hard work be recognized by big-time schools.”

Gathering interest from Kentucky, North Carolina, Baylor, Ohio State, Michigan St, Florida, Rutgers, and Seton Hall, even elder teammates at the same position have praised the 6-9 freshman.

“He can post up almost anyone in the country” said 16U SportsU teammate Quadri Moore. “And, he can shoot threes. That’s the beauty of it.”

On top of that, Towns’s personal doctor says he still has room to grow at least more 2-inches.

Looking for a vibrant and supportive community to share his time and talents with, Towns stresses he’d be willing to play anywhere on the floor, considering he’s a student of the game. He even referred to some elite company.

“Any style works for me, inside or outside. It just depends on where coach wants me. Michigan State’s Draymond Green and Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger are examples of what I’d like to do.”

With such a high bar set, the St. Joseph’s big man will have to continue to face expectation, media, and hype that will crowd his space. A challenge Towns feels he can overcome like he does with obstacles on the court.

“It’s actually not that overwhelming. When it first started you went ‘wow.’ But I’ll never feel overwhelmed because I will have my family. I’m just being me.”

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