University of Michigan Basketball
Michigan's 1937-38 team captain John Townsend led coach Franklin Cappon's squad to a 12-8 overall record and 6-6 conference mark enroute to earning All-American recognition. Known for his spectacular passing, Townsend led the team in scoring each of his three seasons. His 11.3 points per game in 1937-38 accounted for nearly one-third of the team's scoring.
The 6-4, 200 pound Indianapolis native was also an outstanding track athlete, competing in both the shot-put and discus on two conference championship teams. He earned five varsity letters in basketball and track. Townsend attended law school and established a practice in Indianapolis with his brother Earl who was a letter winner on the 1936 basketball team. John Townsend was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Honor in 1980.