2015 Intro: Karl Towns

Karl Towns is not the usual freshman standout. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound prospect is considered by many as the best prospect in the 2015 class, with a potential spot on the world stage awaiting him this summer.

Towns is already well known for his skill set and ability to score in a variety of ways. He described his game as versatile.

"I think I'm a real versatile player," Towns said. "I think on my best days I'm bringing you my great passing ability with a great jump shot from maybe a step in from half court. I can handle the ball and I dribble as a guard. I think anything a coach needs me to do I can do for them."

During his freshman season at Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph, Towns averaged 13 points and 11 rebounds, while leading St. Joseph to its first ever state championship, which is something that Andrew Bynum and Jason Williams couldn't do.

"I think the freshman season was a success," Towns said. "We always want to do more and win the Tournament of Championship, but that's next years goal now."

Towns has had a long list of schools showing interest, including North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Baylor, Texas, Connecticut, Villanova and Florida show interest.

Towns said North Carolina is among the schools making him an early priority. He has several ties to the program - a teacher, and a current player that Towns considers as close as a brother.

"Carolina is a great school," Towns said. "I've always like Carolina. The funny thing is my social studies teacher is a graduate of North Carolina, so he's always pushing me towards the North Carolina life. It's a great thing.

"I think North Carolina is a great school. They did my brother right. They made Dexter (Strickland) a better player and a NBA prospect and I'm just hoping the position comes where one day I could follow in his footsteps."

Towns said the early UNC contact has been through his coaches.

"They called my coaches and everything," he said. "They really want me to come down for visits and live the North Carolina life. My brother is Dexter Strickland and the fact is that I'm going to go down and see him while he's in North Carolina.

"They really want me to come down and talk to me about the school and how much they would like me to go there."

Is Strickland already recruiting the talented 2015 prospect to UNC?

"Dexter is my main man," Towns said. "He just wants to see me do well in all aspects. He's just a great guy. I wish him the best in anything he does."

Towns was planning to visit UNC during the offseason, but that trip has been delayed due to his new summer plans.

"I was thinking about taking a trip this year, but now with the Olympics I think my schedule is really booked," he said.

Towns is preparing to try out to play for the Dominican Republic in the Olympics.

"I'm going to go out and have a chance to play for the Olympics and I'm going to work out with the pros and everything," Towns said excitedly. "I can't wait to be with my team and play for my country."

While the details haven't been ironed out, the Dominican Republic team, which is coached by Kentucky's John Calipari, will practice in Lexington (Ky.) in late June.

"I'm ecstatic about it," Towns said about the experience. "The fact that I get to play for my country and maybe play in London and represent them in the biggest way possible and be an Olympian just means the world to me."

Although Towns was born in the United States, Towns's mother lived in the Dominican Republic until she was 17 years old.

"Going over to the D.R. and being there on the normal basis and being there with my family, this is just a great honor," he said. "My family is totally behind me. They want me to do well. Being able to play for Dominicano basketball is the best thing ever."

"If you had asked me about four weeks ago I would have said (the recruiting process) was an excellent thing that was always on my mind. But now I have so much bigger things on my mind than recruiting. Just about London and making sure my team is going to qualify for London and we can go to the Olympics."

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