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Former Northland, Harvard Basketball star Seth Towns is returning home to play for Ohio State


Seth Towns shooting a jumper (courtesy Harvard Athletics)

One of the biggest names in the college basketball portal, Seth Towns, has decided to return to his hometown and play for the Buckeyes of Ohio State.

With the definite reality that center Kaleb Wesson will head to the NBA, with the talented swingman Towns on the roster to go along with Kyle Young, E.J. Liddell, Duane Washington, Jr. and Luther Muhammad, Ohio State will definitely have enough talent for more improvement under head coach Chris Holtmann.

It was reported that Towns chose Ohio State over Duke.

Seth Towns

In radio, TV and published reports on Saturday, the Northland Vikings product told why he decided on the hometown Buckeyes: “I’m coming home,” Towns said. “From a basketball standpoint, it makes sense for me. Obviously, there’s no place like home. Coach [Chris] Holtmann and I have developed a really good relationship; I trust him wholly. It’s great, it’s been my childhood dream. I have a painting of me in an Ohio State jersey on my childhood bedroom wall, even still. I got that when I was 2 years old.”

One probably wonders why Towns didn’t want to stay at Harvard where he was still the captain of the team even while he was recovering from his injuries.

Because Harvard doesn’t redshirt players, Towns had to transfer if he wanted to keep playing, which he did.


Height: 6-7
Weight: 215
Year: So
Hometown: Columbus, Ohio
High School: Northland
Position: F/G

Career Highs
Points: 31, at Columbia 2/2/18
FG: 11, twice
FGA: 21, at Columbia 2/2/18
3FG: 6, twice
3FGA: 10, vs. Yale 3/11/2017
FT: 9, twice
FTA: 12, twice
Rebounds: 12, twice
Assists: 6, at Cornell 2/3/18
Blocks: 3, vs. Fordham 12/3/2017
Steals: 3, four times
Minutes: 36, at Dartmouth 1/20/18

Towns injured his knee playing in the 2017-2018 season and hasn’t played since. He averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds during that season.

Sophomore (2017-18):
AP All-America honorable mention, is the fourth-player in program history to earn the honor … Lou Henson All-American … Ivy League Player of the Year, becomes the fourth Harvard player and third sophomore in league history to win the award … Unanimous All-Ivy League first team selection … USBWA All-District selection … NABC All-District first team … Ivy League Tournament All-Tournament team … Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 22) … College Sports Madness All-Mid Major second team … College Sports Madness Ivy League preseason second team … College Sports Madness Ivy League Player of the Week (Jan. 22, 29) … Ivy League Honor Roll eight times … Averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, improved to 18.6 points per game in Ivy play … Scored 20 points with seven rebounds in the season-opener against MIT (Nov. 10) … Had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds at Holy Cross (Nov. 16) and totaled 17 points and three steals at Manhattan (Nov. 18) … Scored 25 points with six rebounds and six made 3-pointers at Kentucky (Dec. 2) … Kicked off a stretch of 15-straight games in double figures with 12 points against Boston University (Dec. 21) … Scored 20 points at Wofford and netted 26 with five triples at Dartmouth (Jan. 20) … Scored 30 points on 11-for-19 shooting and four triples against Brown (Jan. 27) … Totaled a career-high 31 points with six made threes at Columbia (Feb. 2) … Had 24 points against Brown (Feb. 16) … Had back-to-back 20-point outings with 22 at Penn (Feb. 24) and 20 against Cornell (March 2) … Notched back-to-back double-doubles with 13 and 10 against Columbia (March 3) and 24 and a career-high 12 rebounds against Cornell (March 10) … Averaged 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game at the Ivy League Tournament … Helped Harvard to its sixth Ivy League championship in program history, and its second-ever berth in the NIT.

Freshman (2016-17):
Saw action in 28 games, starting 20, including the last 10 … Second on the team in points … Averaged 12.3 points and 4.4 rebounds … Posted double-figures 18 times and 20-plus four times… Led the team in scoring seven times … Ranks No. 15 in scoring in the Ivy League … In conference-only games, ranks 10th in scoring (13.0 ppg) … In his debut with the Crimson, scored seven points and pulled down three rebounds against Stanford (Nov. 11) … Recorded 2 points against Holy Cross (Nov. 22), adding six boards and five assists … Recorded a career best 17 points, adding six rebounds at UMass (Nov. 26) … Led the team with 17 points on 5-of-11 shooting against George Washington (Nov. 29) … Recorded a monster night with 24 points against Northeastern (Dec. 6), adding six boards and three assists … Posted 18 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win over BC (Dec. 7) … Registered 13 points and four rebounds in the win at Bryant (Jan. 16) … Led the team with 19 points, adding two assists and a steal against Dartmouth (Jan. 21) … Posted his first double-double at Columbia (Jan. 28) with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds … Against Penn (Feb. 3), chipped in 11 points and three rebounds … Poured in 17 points in the 10-point comeback at Brown (Feb. 10) … Named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week after averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds against Columbia (Feb. 17) and Cornell (Feb. 18) … Ivy League Rookie of the Week Feb. 27 after averaging 17.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in a 2-0 weekend against Yale and Brown … Set a personal best at Princeton (March 3) with 26 points, adding a team-high eight rebounds.

Four-year starter at Northland High School … Served as captain as a junior and senior … Set school records for points in a career (2,018), single-season (759), and game (47) … Earned first team All-State honors as a junior and senior … Named District Player of the Year as a junior and senior, and first team All-City as a sophomore, junior, and senior …  Also competed in track and field as a junior and in cross country as a senior … Was a member of the National Honor Society … Placed second in the NESB National Tri-Math-A-Lon competition … Named to the Super Honor Roll all 16 quarters of high school … Served as the Stem Club academic chair as a senior and was a peer tutor.


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