Nike Hoop Summit Scouting Reports: Big Men April 26, 2013 Jonathan Givony
The youngest player competing at the Hoop Summit on either roster, not turning 18 until November, not much was expected of high school sophomore Karl Towns, who isn't even considered one of the top-10 prospects in his class according to some recruiting services.
Imagine our surprise when we walked into practice for the first time and saw a legit 7-footer with a NBA caliber frame and a long wingspan draining 3-pointers from beyond the NBA line, handling the ball in transition, making behind the back passes in traffic, and scoring with both hands inside the paint.
Towns is still a baby in many aspects, as you can expect considering his age, but it's difficult not to be impressed by what he could develop into if he continues to work on his frame and skill-level and stays hungry and humble despite the immense amount of attention he is certain to generate. He has excellent hands, soft touch, a terrific feel for the game, and is almost as impressive off the court with the way he carries himself as he is on it.
While Towns' skill-level on the perimeter is extremely unique, he would be wise to not fall in love with his jump-shot as his career progresses and continue to improve his post-game and toughness inside the paint. His footwork is raw and he at times tends to shy away from contact at the rim—something that is not surprising considering his age—but his size, frame, length, tough and ability to operate over either shoulder give him huge potential here.
Defensively, Towns shows nice instincts and has the size, length and timing needed to alter shots around the rim, but his fundamentals are average at best, and he tends to bite excessively on pump-fakes. He's not terribly explosive at this stage of his physical development, and probably won't ever be considered a freakish athlete, so he'll have to keep adding strength and experience to play the center position his size and average lateral quickness likely makes him best suited for long-term, at least on this end of the floor.
Towns obviously gained very valuable experience as a member of the Dominican Republic national team competing in the Olympic Qualifying tournament in Venezuela last summer, even if cynics would point out that his head coach there, John Calipari, used this to his advantage in steering him to an early commitment to Kentucky. He recently reclassified and will skip his junior year of high school (thanks to his 4.3 GPA, according to him) and become a senior this upcoming fall, which will bring him a year closer to college and potentially the NBA draft, whenever he decides to move in that direction. Towns could again spend this summer with the Dominican national team as they try to qualify for a spot in next year's World Championship in Spain through the FIBA Americas Championship in Caracas in late August.
While he won't be eligible for the draft until 2015 at the earliest, NBA teams are already very much aware of him thanks to his strong showing in Portland, and many scouts we spoke to feel he could be a very high draft pick if he continues to develop accordingly. This certainly won't be the last time we'll be writing about his progress. [Read Full Article] 2013 Nike Hoop Summit Practice Drill Videos April 24, 2013
2013 Nike Hoop Summit World Select Team: Practices Three and Four April 18, 2013 Karl Towns has also made a very strong first impression on NBA scouts here. Standing nearly 7 feet tall with a 7-3 wingspan, Towns has excellent size for a prospect who stated in an interview with us that he sees himself as a player versatile enough to play some 3, 4, or 5. He is not a freak athlete, but has a very promising frame and good mobility for a player his size. What sets him apart from the average high school junior is his high skill level and feel for the game to go along with his physical tools. Capable of shooting the ball from the perimeter, making plays with his size in the lane, and recently working to develop a back to the basket game, Towns has quickly developed deft touch on his hook shot. An excellent student with a 4.3 grade point average, Towns is a young, charismatic talent worth watching closely in the coming years. [Read Full Article] 2013 Hoop Summit World Select Team Measurements April 16, 2013 Karl Towns
Height w/Shoes: 7'0
Wingspan: 7'3.5 [Read Full Article]