Posted On: 06/1/17 6:00 AM
Columbus-area native and current Dayton Springfield 6’6” wing/forward Sam Towns has quickly become of Ohio’s most interesting 2019 prospects. While Towns, cousin of former Columbus Northland superstar Seth Towns, spent most of last winter on the bench, he lit it up this spring for Pro Bound. His trajectory as a prospect has been sky-rocketing this past year or so, as he was a somewhat out-of-sorts 6’1” guard just last summer. Now, Division I programs have been contacting Pro Bound director, Ty Hairston, frequently.
According to Hairston, he’s heard from Cleveland State, Akron, Dayton, Xavier, Kent State, Wright State, and University of Detroit, in regards to Towns.
Towns is keeping a level head about things though, as he’s still proving himself to many.
“I’ve really been working out a lot since this school ball season, seeing that I didn’t really get where I wanted to get. So, I really been working out and lifting. Trying to get bigger, trying to get better,” Towns said.
With June beginning, Towns’ basketball rhythm is coming in a timely manner, as he tries to earn more minutes going into next season at Springfield.
“I was like 8th man last season … Just trying to show what I got to these coaches, at these team camps. So hopefully I can get a couple looks.”
As an aside, Towns spent his freshman season at Pickerington North. Transferring to Springfield is a decision he is happy to have made.
Towns, who is #33 in the video above, is versatile.
With players becoming less bound by position, Towns fits the modern-day mold. At 6’6”, he shoots over guys easily with a reliable three-point stroke. Also, Towns can use that shooting ability to free up opportunities to create off the dribble. Furthermore, his physical tools allow him to guard any position.
“With my length and versatility, I’m probably good at guarding people and using my length to get to the basket. Shooting over people, because I shoot above my head,” Towns said.
“Usually I have a lot of guards on me, but I can definitely take it off the dribble. I mean, if you look at the highlight, there’s times where I’m trying to size dudes up and get to the basket.”
According to Towns himself, the next step is simply becoming more comfortable with his talent.
“Really just get more comfortable with being the guy. I was like just a role player. I’m just trying to get more comfortable being the guy, the go-to guy,” Towns said.
Towns carries a 3.5-3.6 GPA and will take the ACT on June 10.