Harvard junior forward Seth Towns declared himself out for the rest of the season due to injury on his Instagram page Thursday night, ending speculation as to whether Towns would return to game action for the first time since last season’s Ivy League Tournament final.
Towns said on Instagram, “I never would have imagined an injury stripping me of an entire season. It’s something you think happens to everyone else, until it happens to you. Nonetheless, I’m so incredibly grateful for the growth that has come along with it. It has tested my durability, taught me different ways to contribute to my team’s success, and most of all, helped me find peace in the midst of life’s turbulence. Though I will not be returning this season, I am so grateful to be a part of this team and excited to see how the year unfolds.
“As for me, I’m coming back better than ever—with the city on my chest and my family on my back. For Kizzzy.”
Towns last season became the third sophomore in conference history to be named Ivy Player of the Year, averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He went down with a knee injury with 8:20 to play in Harvard’s 68-65 loss to Penn at the Palestra in last year’s Ivy League Tournament final.
Even without Towns, Harvard has managed a 16-9 record, including a 9-3 Ivy showing that has the Crimson tied atop the conference standings with Yale with one weekend of play left in the regular season. Another Harvard standout, Bryce Aiken, returned to game action in January after a 348-day stretch of being sidelined after injuring his knee, giving the Crimson a huge lift in Ivy play.