Karl Towns Jr.
may be the most impressive basketball recruit from the state of New Jersey in at least a decade.
I saw the likes of fellow phenoms Derrick Caracter, Corey Stokes
, Michael Gilchrist
and Kyle Anderson
as freshmen, and Towns is having a much bigger impact than any one of them.
The 6-foot-10 freshman is averaging a double-double for St. Joseph (Metuchen, N.J.)
, which will be the state title favorite in New Jersey's non-public A playoff bracket.
Towns runs the floor well, shows impressive range on offense and is an aggressive shot blocker and rebounder on defense.
The only knock on him, compared to some of New Jersey's other standout freshmen of recent years, is that St. Joseph does not play the elite level of competition than the others faced.
St. Joseph is not a stranger to elite talent, as its the alma mater of both Jason Williams (Duke) and Andrew Bynum. I'm not sure either performed at the level that Towns is performing at as a freshman.
The last ninth grader from the Garden State to have the type of impact that Towns is having? You probably have to go back to 1998, when a 14-year-old DaJuan Wagner poured in 27 points per game for Camden.