University of Michigan Basketball

John Townsend

1938,   Forward

John Townsend

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.

Career Statistics
Year GP FG FT Pts Avg
1936205936 154 7.7
1937 20 6561 1919.6
1938 20 81 64 226 11.3
Totals60 205 161 571 9.5

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