Seth Towns: Junior Primer

Even as recently as last summer, many coaches and scouts didn’t quite know what to make of Seth Towns. This year, however, the combo forward has erased many doubts.

How he got here

It’s relatively uncommon for an unranked player to crack the top 100 during the season, but that’s precisely what Seth Towns has managed to accomplish in 2014-15.

A 6-7 junior forward who glides between the post and perimeter, Towns has become more assertive and has showcased his scoring ability and high basketball IQ. According to the Whitehall News, he’s averaging 23 points per game this season for well-coached Columbus (Ohio) Northland.

It’s been all smiles for Towns this season

Both Brian Snow and myself observed Towns in action this season, and we came away sufficiently impressed to slot him into the top 100 in our most recent rankings.

More importantly and specifically, Towns has improved measurably and has enhanced his stock with coaches. He’s linked closely to Ohio State and Michigan, among others, so obviously he’s feeling high-major heat.

Towns is a combo forward who possesses fine size for the collegiate post yet the shooting ability and passing skills of a wing. By all accounts he has embraced his status as a national talent and no longer blends innocuously as he had done at times in the past.

He carries a solid, 190-pound frame that will enable him to fill out in time, and his instincts for steals, loose balls and rebounds also impress.

To 2015. …

Can Towns translate his high school season to the travel season, and from there can he translate it to college? Part A of that question will determine exactly which programs offer, and with how much velocity, while Part B obviously will shape the story of his career as well as any professional aspirations.

If Towns can knock down shots and continue to make heady all-around plays, he’ll continue to impress the men on the sideline determining whether to offer a grant.

That said, his next level of maturation will be continuing to gain strength and to become a more physical rebounder and defender. His increased assertiveness still tends to be confined to scoring, so rounding out the package will complete his competitive evolution.

Towns projects as one of the better juniors in the Midwest and will continue to receive coverage by us as well as hard looks from coaches during the April live period.

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