Last season, Northland High School boys basketball player Seth Towns shared Division I district Player of the Year honors with 2015 Newark graduate Jordan Dartis and was named ThisWeek Super 12 captain.

Last season, Northland High School boys basketball player Seth Towns shared Division I district Player of the Year honors with 2015 Newark graduate Jordan Dartis and was named ThisWeek Super 12 captain.

Towns proved to be even better this season, averaging an area-best 31.6 points along with 11 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.5 steals. The 6-foot-7 senior forward, who averaged about 10 more points than last season, shot nearly 80 percent from the free-throw line and better than 40 percent from 3-point range.

Towns is just the fourth player to be named Super 12 captain two years in a row, joining 2010 Northland graduate Jared Sullinger, 2005 Brookhaven graduate Jamelle Cornley and 1997 Westland graduate Doug Davis, each of whom earned the honor as a junior and senior.

"He always plays with a chip on his shoulder because he doesn't feel he's respected," coach Sean Taylor said of Towns. "There's always this guy who's better or that guy, that he's not quick enough.

"He's put in the time and wants to get better. He's one of the best players I've ever been able to work with."

After losing three starters from last year's team that won 22 games and was a regional runner-up, Northland went 21-3 and won its ninth City League championship in 10 seasons. Seeded third, the Vikings lost to sixth-seeded Upper Arlington 42-37 in a district semifinal March 2.

Towns had a game-high 35 points in a 46-45 win over Walnut Ridge in the City final Feb. 13.

"We go as he goes," Taylor said. "When he plays hard and is active on the boards, that's where we go."

Towns stood out on the AAU circuit before becoming a key player for the Vikings as a freshman when he averaged 9.8 points. He increased his scoring average to 13.9 points as a sophomore and earned Super 12 honorable mention honors. Last season, he averaged 21.4 points and 11.5 rebounds.

"I've just (tried to keep) improving ... working on all the little things," said Towns, who has committed to Harvard, passing up scholarship offers from Ohio State and Michigan, among others. "My leadership and aggression are coming out. That's probably been my biggest upside."

Towns leaves Northland as its all-time leading scorer with 2,018 points and as its record holder for points in a season with 759, which he scored this year. The previous career scoring leader was Sullinger (1,932).

*ALSO ON FIRST TEAM -- Mason Baich (Dublin Jerome, Sr., G), Jason Carter (Johnstown, Sr., F), B.J. Duling (Newark, Jr., F), Seth Fuller (Dublin Coffman, Sr., G), Caden Sanchez (DeSales, Jr., C), Houston Smith (Africentric, Sr., F), Onno Steger (Upper Arlington, Sr., F), Jalen Tate (Pickerington Central, Sr., F), Nick Ward (Gahanna, Sr., C), Ibi Watson (Pickerington Central, Sr., G), Andre Wesson (Westerville South, Sr., G/F).

*HONORABLE MENTION -- Corey Benton (Westerville North, Sr., G), Ryan Alexander (Columbus Academy, Jr., F), Cam Edmondson (Wellington, Sr., G), Mark Fair (Reynoldsburg, Sr., F), Malik Harrison (Walnut Ridge, Sr., F), Max Hogue (Newark Catholic, Sr., G), Jevon Knox (Marysville, Sr., G), Colton Irion (Dublin Jerome, Sr., F), Jay Joseph (Worthington Christian, Jr., G), Micah Miller (Grandview, Sr., G), Nick Muszynski (St. Charles, Jr., C), Colin Shepherd (Olentangy Orange, Sr., G), Antoine Vaughn (Whitehall, Sr., G), Tamal Watkins (Columbus South, Sr., G), Kaleb Wesson (Westerville South, Jr., C).

*PAST CAPTAINS -- Northland's Seth Towns (2015), Trey Burke (2011) and Jared Sullinger (2009-10), Gahanna Lincoln's Javon Bess (2014), Pickerington Central's Jae'Sean Tate (2013) and Caris LeVert (2012), Canal Winchester's B.J. Mullens (2008), Eastmoor Academy's Ron Steward (2007), Reynoldsburg's Javonte Clanton (2006), Brookhaven's Jamelle Cornley (2004-05) and Andrew Lavender (2003), Dublin Coffman's Chris Quinn (2002), Thomas Worthington's J.J. Sullinger (2001), Worthington Christian's Sam Smith (2000), Columbus West's Isaac Jefferson (1999), Brookhaven's Antwain Lavender (1998), Westland's Doug Davis (1996-97), Westerville North's Shaun Stonerook (1995) and Eastmoor's Lamont Barnes (1994).