Before Karl-Anthony Towns became one of the NBA’s best players, the New Jersey native led his high school team to glory. While attending St. Joseph High School — a renowned basketball powerhouse — in New Jersey, Towns quickly became a force to be reckoned with. As a freshman in 2012, Towns led St. Joe’s to a state title. Now ranked as the No. 1 player in his class, Towns continued to dominate the competition.
After leading St. Joe’s to two more state titles, the 2014 Gatorade Player of the Year — 20.9 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.2 blocks per game — committed to Kentucky. In his lone season with the Wildcats, Towns started all 39 games (38-1) and was named the SEC Freshman of the Year. Towns — the No. 1 pick in 2015 — is a two-time All-Star and All-NBA player for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Through five years, the big man is averaging 22.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game.
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