Kentucky signee Towns named national player of year

Herald-Leader Staff ReportMarch 27, 2014 

University of Kentucky signee Karl Towns Jr. was named Gatorade National Boys' Basketball Player of the Year on Thursday.

The 6-foot-11 Towns averaged 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game in leading St. Joseph High School to a 30-2 record and the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title.

Towns, who was named New Jersey's Gatorade Player of the Year last season, is also a member of the Dominican Republic National Team. He is a three-time first-team all-state honoree and has been selected to play in the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Brand Classic.

Towns, from Metuchen, N.J., served on his student council and volunteered on behalf of multiple charitable organizations and maintains a 3.66 grade-point average.

Towns is one of four players signed to join UK next season, along with Mississippi shooting guard Devin Booker, Indianapolis power forward Trey Lyles and Chicago point guard Tyler Ulis.

Towns was the first of the group to commit, in December 2012.

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