Yale forward Matt Townsend named a Rhodes Scholar

Scott Phillips
NBC Sports

Yale senior forward Matt Townsend missed the team’s last two games while he was in New York interviewing for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this weekend. There was plenty of good news to go around for the Bulldogs on Sunday, however, as the team went 2-0 without their senior forward and Townsend became one of 32 American students to earn the Rhodes Scholarship this year.

According to a release from Yale, Townsend informed his head coach, James Jones, via text and plans to return to the team on Sunday.

“I’m really happy for Matt,” Jones said in the release. “I know he was dying that he couldn’t be here with his team. He’s a great teammate.”

Besides being a key member of the Bulldogs on the court, Townsend has maintained a 4.0 grade point average through six semesters as he studies molecular, cellular and developmental biology as his major. Townsend was also elected to the Yale Phi Beta Kappa society as a junior, one of only eight juniors at Yale selected for that honor.

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