Townsend Named To Capital One Academic All-America Third Team

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Has Shined On Court And In Classroom

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Matt Townsend has earned a prestigious honor for his work both on the court and in the classroom. Townsend, a junior, was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team.

Townsend, a junior, has made a solid contribution to the Yale men's basketball team this season. He has appeared in all 22 games, including starting the last 11. He is currently sixth on the team in scoring (4.7 ppg.) and rebounding (3.0 rpg.). His top performance came against Vermont when he went 4-of-5 from the field en route to scoring 11 points. He also scored 11 points in the home win over Columbia. As a sophomore, Townsend tied for third on the team in scoring and was third in rebounding. In addition, he was the recipient of the team's George McReynolds (Defense) and Richard Derby (Academic) awards.

In the classroom, Townsend is a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major. He has a 4.0 grade point average through five semesters and was elected to the Yale Phi Beta Kappa society. The Phi Beta Kappa election process is determined by percent of a student's Yale grades that are straight "A"s. For each Yale class, the top one percent is elected during junior fall, the next four percent during senior fall, and another five percent at commencement. Townsend was one of only eight juniors elected this fall.

Last summer, Townsend interned at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York where he observed surgeries and assisted in set-ups.

Townsend is the eighth basketball player in school history to earn Academic All-America recognition. The last was David Tompkins in 1999.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity