Horace Greeley basketball star Nick Townsend transferred to Hotchkiss


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He would have been Section 1’s top returning boys basketball player this winter, but Nick Townsend now has a new home.

The 6-foot-7 big man will transfer to the Hotchkiss School, a prep school in Connecticut, for his junior season.

Townsend’s coach at Horace Greeley, Matt Simone, confirmed Townsend’s decision after Hotchkiss’ boys basketball Twitter account, @HotchkissHoops, tweeted about Townsend Tuesday afternoon.

Townsend averaged 20.8 points and 15.0 rebounds per game as a 15-year-old sophomore for the Quakers. He became the first sophomore ever named Section 1 Mr. Basketball after driving Greeley to the Class AA title — the program’s first sectional title since 1980.

Townsend made an immediate impact when he joined the Greeley varsity as a freshman. He averaged a double-double and was one of six players named first-team all-LHBCA by Section 1’s coaches.

Townsend is the younger brother of Matt Townsend, who was a recent all-decade selection by The Journal News. After graduating from Greeley, he played four years at Yale and became an NCAA national scholar-athlete of the year and Rhodes Scholar as a senior.

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Josh Thomson is the Local Sports Editor for The Journal News and Poughkeepsie Journal. He can be reached by e-mail at jthomson@lohud.com, on Twitter at @lohudinsider, and on Instagram at @lohudinsider.

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