Future Cat Karl Towns Jr is an exemplary student and a leader among his peers

Karl Towns - photo by Nick Taylor | Ball-n.com
Karl Towns – photo by Nick Taylor | Ball-n.com

The affectionate shouts of “Shorty!” came from every corner of Joey D’s in Metuchen, N.J., from the pizza tossers to the waitresses, all the way to the restaurant’s owner. The warm reception on a chilly night signaled the arrival of Jr., the cozy pizzeria’s most loyal customer – it was his second visit of the day – and something of a local celebrity, as evidenced by several autograph requests.

The St. Joseph’s Metuchen star, newly 18, had recently committed to the University of Kentucky, bumping himself up a grade into the class of 2014 at St. Joe’s to hasten his arrival at Lexington. His decision to announce early was partly because he knew had everything he needed – including his preferred major of kinesiology, which second choice didn’t offer – and partly to free him to focus on successfully defending St. Joe’s first-ever state title.

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