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Freshman Towns Could Decide Early; Recruiting Rundown
By ALEX KLINEROSELLE, N.J. — At 6-foot-10, St. Joe’s Metuchen freshman Karl Towns may end up being the anchor of the class of 2015.
The Piscataway native has made a name for himself with his play on the court, as well as his other accomplishments. Towns boasts a 4.0 GPA and is the president of his class at St. Joe’s.
Practically every college in America is after him, too, according to his father, Karl Sr.
Towns rattled off a list of, “Villanova, Syracuse, Iowa, Rutgers, Louisville, Seton Hall, Michigan State, Baylor, Georgetown, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Xavier, West Virginia, St. John’s, Miami and more.”
Towns has been on the campuses of Kentucky, Seton Hall, St. John’s, West Virginia, Villanova and Rutgers.
With many offers coming in, and more visits to come in the summer, Towns could decide early.
“A college decision will come during his second or third year of high school,” his mother, Jackie, said.
**Kamall Richards, a 6-6 combo forward from St. Benedict’s Prep, seems to be clear about his future. “There’s a 95 percent chance I go to prep school for a postgrad year,” he said. Named MVP of St. Ben’s win over Lakewood, Richards plays a similar role to Jerome Frink of St. Anthony as he works hard for points down low, along with rebounds. Although he is looking at prep school, he still has a number of strong offers on the table. The senior listed, “Florida Atlantic, Temple, St. Joe’s, Santa Clara, St. Peter’s, Wichita State and Seton Hall.” Look for Richards to end up going to prep school in the long haul. He would make an excellent CAA or A10 player, but appears to want to play at an even higher level.
**Linden sophomore Quadri Moore had 25 points in Saturday’s 671-48 win over Colts Neck. Moore stole the show with his talent and ability at the height of 6-8. The 2014 talent is still extremely early in the recruiting process and is not focusing on it at all. Thusfar, Providence is the only school to officially offer him a scholarship. Along with the Friars, he has interest from, “Temple, UConn, Kansas, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joe’s and Cincinnati.” He has been to Temple and Seton Hall. Look for more schools to get serious with the Linden sensation over the next few months.
**Tanveer Bhullar is a 7-3 junior for Huntington Prep, did not play in Saturday’s 50-49 loss to St. Anthony. The brother of New Mexico State redshirt Sim Bhullar, Tanveer is hearing from a number of colleges because of his size and potential. He has offers from, “Towson, Seton Hall, Eastern Michigan, Rice, Jacksonville, Providence and Detroit,” with interest from, “Washington State, Nebraska, LSU, Missouri, Miami, Michigan, Gonzaga, Florida State and Georgetown.” Washington State and Nebraska may be the next schools to offer, pending a big AAU season for the 2013 big man.
**Hotchkiss school forward Austin Colbert has been very quiet about his recruitment, but he has a long list of schools pursuing him. The list includes, “Florida, Texas, Baylor, Villanova, Rutgers, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, Seton Hall, Xavier, Miami, Oklahoma, NC State, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Penn State and Virginia Tech.” Ohio State and North Carolina are also showing some interest. He has taken a few visits to Georgetown, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Harvard, but look for him to take a number of unofficials during the month of March when he has off from school.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.