Northland’s star basketball player heading to Harvard

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After receiving dozens of offers to play basketball for elite Division I basketball programs such as Ohio State, Michigan, UCLA & Butler, Seth Towns shocked the basketball world when the 4-star recruit announced his plans to attend and play basketball in the Ivy League at Harvard University next fall.

Towns said, “When I got there on campus, there was just a different vibe, and I’ve never gotten that vibe before, I loved it from the minute I got to Boston. To me, it’s the best school in the world, so it was a no-brainer.”

The 6 foot 7 inch small forward has already hit 1,000 career points scored for the Northland Vikings, but says he’s putting his education first in choosing Harvard.  He currently holds a 4.3 GPA, grew up playing the bass guitar, and enjoys competing on the national level for the Northland High School Math Club titled “Stem.”

“I study a lot and would like to earn Valedictorian if possible,” said Towns.

Northland’s basketball program produced two NBA elite athletes Trey Burke and Jared Sullinger. During college, Burke played for Michigan and currently stars on the Utah Jazz. Sullinger played for Ohio State in college and now plays for the Boston Celtics.

Towns said, “It’s every kid’s dream to play for the NBA, so I still want to play professionally, I just feel I’ve set myself up for the best opportunity.”

The Harvard-bound senior just surpassed Burke’s number two spot in Northland’s all-time points scored record. Now, he’s aiming to beat Sullinger’s number one spot and achieve the most points scored in history for the Vikings.

He plans to major in economics at Harvard, and after his basketball career, Towns possibly wants to work on Wall Street someday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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