The 6'11", 235-pound junior put up a mind-blowing line in a game on January 6 against St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.): 16 points, 17 rebounds, 11 blocked shots and 11 assists. Wow!
To show how rare this is, there have only been five quadruple doubles in NBA History (according to NBAhoopsonline.com):
- Nate Thurmond (Chicago Bulls vs Atlanta Hawks): 22 pts;14 rebs;13 asst.;12 blks
- Alvin Robertson (San Antonio Spurs vs Golden State): 20 pts;11 rebs;10 asst;10 stls
- Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets vs Golden State): 29pts; 18 rebs; 10 asst; 11 blks
- Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets vs Milwaukee): 18 pts; 16 rebs; 10 asst; 11 blks
- David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs vs Detroit): 34 pts; 10 rebs; 10 asst; 10 blks
Because of his sheer size, Towns, currently No. 3 among ESPN’s Class of 2014, was already considered a dominant frontcourt force.
But this most recent game revealed that he is unbelievably versatile too.
His ESPN Scouting Report says it all:
Karl is a tremendous prospect. He has nice size and length and has one of the most sought after skills in basketball...he can really shoot the ball! He has range to 25 feet and is a great catch and shoot player already.
To prove that this wasn't a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment, Jordan also reported that, "Towns followed that performance up with a triple-double (23 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocks) in a win over Colonia (Colonia, N.J.) on Jan. 10."
Towns is so good that he played last summer for the Dominican Republic qualifying team.
It's amazing how recruiting inroads are made. If you don't already know, I will give you one guess who was coaching that DR team—none other than Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari.
Towns, Jr. is the first Class of 2014 recruit to commit to become a Kentucky Wildcat.
Is this the start of what could be another legendary recruiting class that will be heading to Lexington?
I don't think it will be tough for Calipari and his staff to find other high school stars to come and play alongside this young phenom.