Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Karl Towns won’t step onto a college campus until the fall of 2015, but he apparently knows which college campus that will be.
The 6-foot-11 sophomore from St. Joe’s-Metuchen (N.J.) will announce his college choice at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 at the high school.
“I think he’s ready,” Karl Towns Sr. told SNY.tv Wednesday evening.”I think he has mind made up. He has a school that’s right, he’s not talking to us. He says everybody will know, but I know he’s really been doing his research.”
Towns Sr. said his son was considering Kentucky, Duke, Florida, N.C. State, North Carolina, West Virginia, Michigan State, Villanova, Rutgers and Seton Hall, among others.
“He’s visited all of them,” he said.
Several coaches attached to the aforementioned schools believe Towns will land at Kentucky because of his relationship with head coach John Calipari and the staff.
Towns played this summer with the Dominican Republic Senior National Team, which was coached by Calipari and Kentucky assistant Orlando Antigua.
That team failed to qualify for the Olympics, but competed against the U.S. team featuring Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony in Las Vegas.
“I can’t answer that,” Towns Sr. said of the Kentucky speculation. “I can’t speak for him so I can’t say. I just know that he has his list.”
Still, Towns also visited North Carolina, N.C. State and Duke last month, including a stop at Duke for Midnight Madness.
“I really enjoyed the visit and had a great time,” Towns told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Schiffer of the Duke visit.
Asked how me might fit in at Duke should he opt to go there, Towns said, “I think I would fit in well. With Coach K having Ryan Kelly this year shows he can work with big men at any position and make the most of their talent.
“Also, since he coached the USA Team, his work with Kevin Love could help me with my game.”
His announcement is now about three weeks away.
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.