Harvard sharpshooting forward Towns has UVA on his final transfer list

By Jerry Ratcliffe

Seth Towns (Photo: The Columbus Dispatch)

Reigning national champion Virginia could be adding a player to its basketball roster this week in 6-foot-7 forward Seth Towns.

Towns, who has missed the last two seasons while recovering from knee surgery, will be a graduate transfer from Harvard. He announced on his Twitter account a few days ago that he will be making his choice this week.

The programs on Towns’ list are Virginia, Kansas, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio State and Syracuse.

Originally a 3-star recruit from Columbus, Ohio, he chose Harvard over Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Xavier.

While at Harvard, Towns was named Ivy League Player of the Year his sophomore season (2017-18), when he averaged 16 points per game. He also established himself as an accurate shooter, connecting on 42 percent of his field-goal attempts and 44 percent of his 3-point tries.

During his junior season, Towns suffered a knee injury that required surgery and kept him sidelined the remainder of that year. The injury didn’t heal properly, requiring another surgery that forced him to miss his senior season for Coach Tommy Amaker.

Through all that, Amaker thought enough of Towns to keep him as team captain, which sounds like something UVA coach Tony Bennett would do.

Towns has a degree in sociology and will be eligible immediately.

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