Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
Ford High’s basketball team hangs its hat on tough defense and there’s no tougher Trojans defender than 6-1 junior guard James Towns, the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“He showed some real tenacity in two games last week and just willed us to victory,’’ Ford coach Ken Flowers said after Towns shined at both ends of the court in back to back nonleague games.
Along with his clutch defense, Towns had 14 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in an 80-72 victory against Ann Arbor Huron and followed that with 25 points, seven steals and five assists in a 72-70 victory against Southfield.
“Against Ann Arbor Huron, James had a real good game,” Flowers said. “He almost had a triple double and just wouldn’t let us lose. We were down 10 points and his defense really picked up in the fourth quarter. He led us to victory. We wound up winning by eight.
“The next night against Southfield, we were down 15 and James put on a defensive clinic again. He had two crucial steals in the open court man-to-man and made a couple of nice assists that led to crucial threes. He willed us to that victory, too, with his all-around play and especially his defense.”
Towns, who earned his first PSLer of the Week honor as a sophomore, has a 2.7 grade point average and is being recruited by several mid-major colleges.
“He’s only a junior and his stock is rising,” Flowers said.
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys’ and girls’ athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.