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Is 6’11 HS Freshman Karl Towns Jr The Next Kevin Durant?

June 15, 2012 – Allen Moll

While the real Kevin Durant is busy winning 3 consecutive NBA scoring crowns and attempting to lead his Thunder teammates to the franchise’s first NBA Championship in OKC, the next KD is already tearing up HS varsity competition as a 6’11 freshman in New Jersey.

Even though some may think it’s unfair to compare a 15 year old freshman phenom to an NBA superstar, consider the fact that Towns has already been selected for the Dominican Republic National Team, alongside some current elite level NBA stars like Al Horford and Francisco Garcia.

Dominican team head coach John Calipari has gone on record saying that the future is very bright for the multi-talented center, who is the #1 rated player in the 2015 recruiting class. Coach Cal should know, as he has helped guide the careers of future NBA stars like Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, and John Wall in recent years at Kentucky. Not surprisingly, Towns now lists Kentucky as his #1 choice to play college ball in a few seasons.

Already a legitimate 6’11 and 225lbs, Towns has an unbelievable skill set where he runs the floor and plays like a big man, yet has amazingly advanced ball-handling skills and can shoot the 3 with an alarming amount of distance and accuracy, which draws the instant comparison to Durant. Towns may be more comparable to former NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki since Towns is probably a better post player at this stage of his career than that of Durant as a HS freshman.

Hailing from Metuchen, New Jersey, Towns helped lead his St Joseph’s HS squad to a NJ State Class A Title and made a deep run in the NJ Tournament of Champions, regularly holding his own against incoming Division I recruits on top teams like the famed St Benedicts, St. Anthony’s and St Patrick’s high schools.

At only 15 years of age, Towns already sports a size 20 shoe and is no where near finished growing into his larger than life frame. One look at some of his HS highlight footage and Towns looks almost freakish as he towers over everyone on both teams but also appears graceful and athletic with the basketball.

Check out Karl Towns Jr Freshman Mixtape:

Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania.  Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.

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  • not fair lol 

  • Jslikk21

    who is Kevin Durant he hasnt been in the league 5 yrs and u say.the ‘next’ durant?? writters like this guy is the reason Lebron is prematurely named ‘king’

    • Jblaze37

      FYI – Kevin Durant is already arguably the 2nd best player in the game right now.  After winning his 3rd consecutive scoring title, he finished a close 2nd to Lebron in MVP voting this season, and has his squad in contention to win an NBA title……in only his fifth season.  So that makes his 5 year run pretty historic.

      “writters” like this one didn’t name Lebron King James……James made up the nickname for himself back in HS.

      • Magicmann

        James didnt make up the name for himself in highschool. nike gave him the name. So before you correct someone else know your own facts.

        • TheBishop39

          James told the Chicago sun times that they can call him the “King of high school basketball” – “King James” evolved from that interview. Less ESPN and more reading magicmann.

  • Durant  has  a long  ways  to  go  and  then  some,  now  if  you  mention  Mr.  Bill  Russell  ??now  we  are  talking  and  for  this  youngster to  keep  it ,  go  slow ,  step  by  step  and  watch  your  health   and  ego  in  more  ways  then  one,  good  luck  in  the  future,  young  man.

  • reminds me of a taller Melo on offense, with less 3pt shooting ability and Ibaka on defense

  • but then again everyone on he’s play against is a foot smaller

  • Mollallen

    Great comments guys…….Just keep in mind that he is still a 15 year old kid.  Can’t imagine how good he’ll be by the time he graduates.  These comparisons are all being made by scouts and coaches, I’m just passing the info on to the masses.  Not really sure if I’ve ever seen a freshman with his combo of size and abilities…….ever. 

  • Jasonmcgrady1215

    i don’t think he could be next KD

  • TheBishop39

    Not sure why people are such haters. Almost every big man in the NBA was a foot taller than everyone in high school but none were on a national team at 15 with NBA players — including Durant. He is 15 and every summer during his high school career he will be playing head to head against established NBA players with the highest level of coaching. Not to mention the kid is an honor roll student in a private school known to be academically challenging the same school as Andrew Bynum.  If he tops out at 7’1″ – 7’2″ and 265 lbs. with 4 years of this kind of experience under his belt you better believe we’re looking at future NBA MVP.

    • Anklesnap

      Well put. Agree. Stop hating, start appreciating.

  • hi karl towns couin love you kevin druant?