Who would’ve thought that Karl-Anthony Towns was a budding journalist back in high school?
“Today I enjoyed the unique opportunity to meet one of my basketball idols,” Towns started with a nervous smile on his face, then a freshman at St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J.
“Did anyone in your whole life playing basketball — did they ever make you feel that you had to work harder than them, and they acted like they were better just to make you feel like a better player and be a better player?” Towns asks Durant.
“Yeah, for sure,” Durant replies. “My brother was always a guy who pushed me to be the best I could be.”
Durant was asked later on about the interview and how it affected his perception of Towns, via Yahoo! Sports:
That maturity made an impression on Durant, who looked back on his meeting with Towns during a recent interview with HoopsHype.
“Yeah, he was really sharp,” Durant said. “He was wise beyond his years. That was something I picked up on, really, as soon as I started talking to him.”
What he didn’t pick up on just yet, though, was the talent that would carry Towns to National Player of the Year and McDonald’s All-American honors, make him one of the most prized recruits in the country, land him under John Calipari’s wing at Kentucky, and eventually result in him being the top pick in the NBA draft.
“I really didn’t know he would be this good,” Durant said. “I hadn’t seen him play when we talked. Everybody was telling me how good he was at the time, but, y’know, he’s in the big boy league now, so if you make it up there, that says something about you.”
The interview has been included down below for your viewing pleasure.