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Niagara fills need with all-state point guard from Michigan

The Niagara University men’s basketball program officially announced the signing of 5-foot-11 Detroit point guard James Towns.

“We are excited to add James to our program,” Niagara head coach Chris Casey said. “He comes from a winning program achieving a state championship his senior year. He is a backcourt scorer and playmaker which will add to our team's offensive production.”

The signing, to which Towns committed last week, fills a big need for Niagara. The Purple Eagles have numerous off-guards and small forwards. But Niagara was one of the weakest teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference at the point guard position last season, and the top two players t the position (Cam Fowler and Karonn Davis) both have been granted their release to transfer.

Towns was a four-year starter at Detroit’s Henry Ford High School. He averaged 24 points, 5.7 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game as a senior in helping Henry Ford to the Michigan Class B title. He was named to the Michigan Class B all-state team.

“He’s one of the best guards in the state, regardless of class,” coach Ken Flowers told the Detroit Free-Press. “James is fearless and is a leader. He was overlooked at times, but we wouldn’t have won a state title without him.”

Henry Ford lost in the Michigan B title game Towns’ junior year. In his senior year, he had 17 points in the semifinal win and 15 in the championship game.

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