What is Karl-Anthony Towns race and nationality?

Karl Anthony Towns is the all-star center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, he was chosen with the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft and was voted the 2015-16 NBA Rookie of the Year.

Often referred to as one of the league’s rare unicorns, Towns is a unique combination of size, strength, shooting and skills, but fans are also intrigued by KAT’s background. Specifically, whether Karl Anthony Towns is of mixed race or bi-racial. Is he Puerto Rican or Dominican?

What is Karl Anthony Towns Nationality and Race?

In order to answer this question, we can look at Town’s parents. Karl-Anthony Towns was born in Edison, New Jersey to Jacqueline Cruz and Karl Towns Sr. Jacqueline is Dominican while the senior Karl is African American. Together, that technically makes Towns biracial or mixed race.

Since he was born in New Jersey, he is an American citizen, but how does he identify himself? It turns out that KAT has dual nationalities — one as an American and as Dominican. From an early age, a 16-year old Towns was named to the National Team for the Dominican Republic and has represented DR in international events.

“It was really special to me,” Towns said about representing The Dominican Republic. “It was a chance to represent my mother and a big part of my family. It was an amazing experience. I was very excited. When an opportunity like presents itself, it’s hard to say no.”

Dominican Heritage

At home, it’s very clear that his Dominican side is represented, he’s very proud of his DR heritage including the cuisine that his mother makes him.

As with any first-generation child, Towns was exposed to a lot of his Dominican background when he would go to weekend barbecues at his grandmother’s home in New Jersey. As expected, the BBQ was packed with a variety of Dominican food.

Towns and his first cousin, Michael Quezada, loved eating pollo empanizado (breaded chicken) with white rice beans and plantains. They always played basketball in the backyard, too, while listening to lively music in the background…. There was always bachata, merengue and salsa music playing as well.

“I love arroz con pollo,” Towns told The Undefeated. “I keep it really simple and plain, to the point. My mom makes some of the best chicken and rice and I know why. She makes it how my grandmother makes it and the recipe was passed down. There is nothing better than having some of mom’s homemade cooking.

Raising DR Basketball’s Visibility

Towns knows that the opportunity to play for DR isn’t as plentiful as it would be had he decided to play for the United States, but nevertheless he plans on following in the footsteps of DR stars Al Horford, Francisco Garcia, Felipe Lopez, and Tito Horford.

“I would like to play for the national team again at some point. I don’t know when it will happen but it’s definitely something I would like to do again.” Towns told FIBA recently, “I really enjoyed the first experiences I had with the national team and I am still very young so I still have a lot to do in my career, including hopefully some great experiences with the national team.”

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