St. Joseph (Metuchen) basketball star Karl Towns, one of the top prospects in the nation and New Jersey's Gatorade Player of the Year, is the subject of MSG Varsity's latest original documentary, "Center of Attention."
The film, which takes you behind the scenes with the 7-foot Kentucky commit and potential future NBA Draft lottery pick, aired on Sunday and now can be seen on MSGVarsity.com right here.
Towns, a Piscataway native who will graduate in 2014, was selected to Kentucky coach John Calipari's Dominican national team last May and traveled the world over the summer with the squad, which finished one position shy of making the cut for the 2012 Olympic games.
Alongside NBA teammates Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and Francisco Garcia of the Sacramento Kings, Towns helped the Dominican Republic to a fourth-place finish in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Towns, whose mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, is Dominican, trained with the Dominican senior national team two years ago and was invited back. In the final game of the squad's international tour against Team USA, the 17-year-old drained a 3-pointer, recorded a snazzy no-look assist and grabbed two rebounds.
This past March, Towns and the Falcons wrapped up the 2012-13 campaign by falling to Roselle Catholic, 65-49, in the Tournament of Champions final at the Sun National Bank Center in Trenton. Towns was held to just seven points, but he eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark with a layup at the 2:12 mark of the third quarter.
Towns scored a shade under 20 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked four shots per contest this season.
He also competed with the World Team at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. There, Towns joined the top high school players in the world -- including Canadian Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep, W. Va.), a Kansas commit whom many scouts feel is the best teenager since LeBron James. The World Team faced the USA, which boasted Duke-bound Jabari Parker (Simeon, Ill.) and a bevy of other future Division I players.
The prestigious, high-profile event had once hosted NBA stars Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant, among many others. Towns also joined some famous alumni to have worn the World jersey, including Tony Parker (France), Serge Ibaka (Congo) and Dirk Nowitzki (Germany).