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Townsend Named To Capital One Academic All-District I Team

Matt Townsend (
Matt Townsend (

Has Started Five Games For Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Matt Townsend has made a solid contribution to the Yale men's basketball team this season. He has appeared in all 16 games, including starting the last five. Townsend, a molecular, cellular and developmental biology major, also has been successful in the classroom. As a result, he has been named to the Capital One Academic All-District 1 first team.

Townsend, a junior, is currently sixth on the team in scoring (4.6 ppg.) and rebounding (3.1 rpg.). His top performance came against Vermont when he went 4-of-5 from the field en route to scoring 11 points. As a sophomore, he 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 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 observed surgeries and assisted in set-ups.

First-team Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month. 

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity