4-star F Seth Towns chooses Harvard over bigger programs

Four-star forward Seth Towns — of Northland High School in Columbus — has committed to Harvard University. Towns made the announcement on his personal Twitter page.

Extremely excited to announce that I plan on furthering my education and basketball career at Harvard University 🙏🙏🙏#BlessedBeyondMeasure

— Seth 💤 (@seth_towns17) June 15, 2015

In choosing Harvard, Towns turned down offers from more established college basketball programs such as Michigan and Ohio State. Towns had also drawn interest from a number of teams including Wisconsin, Stanford, UCLA and others.

Instead, Towns has opted for academics and will now join a Harvard team that has become something of an NCAA Tournament regular in recent years. The Crimson have made the big dance each of the past four seasons and have gotten to the Round of 32 in two of them.

In eight years playing under coach Tommy Amaker, the team has gone 161-78 (78-34 Ivy) and has won five consecutive Ivy League regular season championships.

Thus, though Towns easily could have starred on a stronger contender like Michigan, he will instead go to a scrappy program in Harvard where he will be tasked with bringing the basketball team to the next level. No Ivy League team has advanced passed the Round of 32 since Cornell made the Sweet Sixteen back in 2010, so perhaps Towns will be the man to help Harvard get that far and perhaps beyond.

Harvard went 22-8 (11-3 Ivy) last season and made the NCAA Tournament as a No. 13 seed, suffering a tough loss to No. 4 North Carolina in the Round of 64.

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