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    15 things you didn't know about Karl Towns

    by Larry Berger on
    Wed, Nov 21, 2012 12:03 PM

    Updated Fri, Nov 30, 2012 12:45 PM

     

    **Karl Towns will announce his college decision on MSG Varsity on December 4 at 10 a.m.**

    1. During the off-season Karl developed a new weapon in his arsenal: a sky hook, which he can utilize with either hand.

    2. Since last season, he has grown two inches, and now stands 7 and a half inches tall. He also wears a size 20 sneaker.

    3. As a child, Karl required especially large shoes, and through a neighbor, obtained and used a pair of sneakers provided by New York Giants linebacker Carl Banks.

    4. During the summer he worked closely with longtime NBA coach and Dominican Republic national team assistant Del Harris on his low post game. "When you are taught by someone who has helped legends like Moses Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon, you can't help but enrich your own game," Towns said.

    5. At age 12, Karl often practiced with a pair of St. Patrick High School (N.J.) teammates, Charlotte Bobcats forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and last season's NBA rookie of the year, Kyrie Irving.

    6. He scored exactly 25 points in a game last season against Perth Amboy (N.J.) to honor the memory of St. Joseph High School alum, Cpl. Kevin Reinhard, killed at the age of 25, in action in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Karl purposely did not shoot during the fourth quarter in order to fulfill the tribute. 

    7. Karl was president of the freshman class at St. Joseph, and also maintains a 4.3 GPA.

    8. After competing against Team USA in Las Vegas as a member of the Dominican national team, Karl obtained advice and autographs from Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Carmelo Anthony.

    9. He is a big fan of Superman, but lost his favorite cap featuring the superhero while at Kentucky during a recruiting trip.

    10. Karl's father, a standout post player at Monmouth University, ranked second in the nation in rebounding in 1984, while Karl's sister, Lachelle Almonte, enjoyed a standout career at Virginia State University.

    11. He credits LeBron James with providing him with the best advice for the upcoming high school season. "LeBron told me to treat each opponent as if they were me," said Towns. 

    12. Karl was recognized by Magic Johnson and had a conversation with the Lakers legend while in Manhattan after attending the Broadway show, Magic/Bird.

    13. He can drive a golf ball 330 yards, and also taught himself to play piano.

    14. Karl aspires to one day become either a kinesiologist or successful business leader.

    15. Despite rampant speculation, Karl has not formally decided on which college he will attend. "While I am flattered and humbled by all of the attention my upcoming decision has garnered, I have not yet made a final decision, nor have I informed any college coach that I will be playing for him," Towns said.

    Larry Berger is a producer for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @LBerger71

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