November 6, 2020

Seth Towns Named to Karl Malone Award Preseason Watch List


COLUMBUS, OhioSeth Towns, a Columbus, Ohio native and graduate transfer from Harvard, is one of 20 watch list members for the 2020 Karl Malone Award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today. The honor recognizes the top power forward in men’s college basketball.

Fans are encouraged to participate in Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies in each of the three rounds. In late January, the watch list will be narrowed to just 10. In late February, five finalists will be presented to Karl Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee.

Towns earned a sociology degree from Harvard after playing for two years (2017, 2018) and sitting out the last two years (2019, 2020) while recovering from knee injuries. He will have two years of eligibility at Ohio State beginning with the 2020-21 season.

As a sophomore with the Crimson, Towns earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors after being named the Ivy League Player of the Year. He averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds while making 44 percent from 3-point range (63-143). In his freshman season, Towns started 20 games in 28 appearances. For his career, Towns played in 58 games for Harvard, starting 44, while averaging 14.2 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.

As a high school star at Northland High School, Towns was a four-year starter. He set school records for points scored (2,108), single season points (759) and points in a game (47). He was first team All-Ohio as both a junior and senior.