Marques Townes

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Marques Townes
Marques Townes.jpg
Townes with St. Joseph High School in 2011
Personal information
Born (1995-09-03) September 3, 1995 (age 23)
Edison, New Jersey
NationalityDominican / American
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school
College
PositionGuard
Career highlights and awards

Marques Townes (born September 3, 1995) is a Dominican-American basketball player. He played college basketball for the Loyola Ramblers, after beginning his career with Fairleigh Dickinson. A native of Edison, New Jersey, he attended Cardinal McCarrick High School and St. Joseph High School, where he played both basketball and football. Entering the college level, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound guard was a three-star basketball recruit, he drew national attention after helping the Ramblers reach the Final Four round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Early life and high school[edit]

Townes was born in Edison, New Jersey to Bryant and Luisa Townes but grew up in the nearby city of Rahway.[1][2] While in fifth grade, he moved to South Amboy, New Jersey.[2] Townes began his high school years at Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy, where he played basketball under head coach Joe Lewis;[3][4] as a sophomore, he averaged 19.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, earning first-team All-County honors from The Star-Ledger and leading the team to a 22–7 record. At the time, he was being recruited by several major college programs, including Miami, Rutgers, and Virginia.[3]

Before his junior season, Townes announced that he would transfer to St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey, in pursuit of "bigger and better opportunities."[5] He joined a lineup that featured future National Basketball Association (NBA) players Karl-Anthony Towns and Wade Baldwin IV;[6] as a senior, he averaged about 17 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game, being a third-team All-State pick by The Star-Ledger.[1] His team, which was ranked the 12th best in the nation by USA Today, finished with a 30–2 record and won the state's Tournament of Champions for the first time in program history,[6] he accumulated 1,863 points, the most in school history behind Jay Williams.[1]

Townes also saw success on the football field at St. Joseph, where he played the outside linebacker position,[2] he drew interest from various college football programs, such as Penn State, Maryland, and Rutgers, but eventually chose to focus on basketball.[7]

College career[edit]

A three-star recruit, Townes decided to start his college basketball career with the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, turning down offers from Saint Peter's, South Alabama, Hartford, and Charleston Southern.[8][9] In his freshman season for the Knights, he averaged 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.6 steals per game.[10] On December 29, 2015, against Towson, he recorded 18 points, six rebounds, and five steals, all season-bests;[1] as a sophomore at Fairleigh Dickinson, Townes started in all 33 games, averaging 11.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.3 steals per game.[10] He led the team to the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, where they lost to Florida Gulf Coast in the First Four round.[7]

After his second season in college, Townes announced that he transfer to play for the Loyola Ramblers,[11] he sat out in the 2016–17 season due to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) transfer rules.[11] On November 24, 2017, he scored a season-high 23 points to help beat UNC Wilmington.[12] At the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Townes helped Loyola, an 11-seed, make a Cinderella run to the Final Four.[13] In the team's Sweet 16 match-up with Nevada, he made a game-winning three-pointer with 6.3 seconds left in regulation.[14] With his success in the tournament, he garnered national attention, being featured in the New York Post and Chicago Tribune.[15][7]

Coming into his senior season, Townes was named to the Preseason Second Team All-MVC.[16]

National team career[edit]

In July 2018, Townes was selected to represent the Dominican Republic at the Central American and Caribbean Games.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Marques Townes". FDU Knights. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Haley, John (January 18, 2014). "Q and A session with Marques Townes of St. Joseph (Met.), what sport will he play in college?". NJ.com. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Haley, John (July 2, 2012). "Marques Townes looking to transfer from Cardinal McCarrick to St. Joe's (Metuchen)". NJ.com. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  4. ^ "Cardinal McCarrick Eagles--2010-11 Season Preview". GMC Hoops. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  5. ^ Schiffer, Alex (August 14, 2012). "Marques Townes to St. Joe's-Metuchen". ZagsBlog. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Marques Townes". Loyola Ramblers. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Ryan, Shannon (March 21, 2018). "'Bulldozer' Marques Townes carries his football background to the court for Loyola". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Zagoria, Adam (April 4, 2014). "St. Joe's Marques Townes Commits to FDU". SportsNet New York. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  9. ^ "Marques Townes". ESPN. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Marques Townes Player Profile". RealGM. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Marques Townes Transferring to Loyola-Chicago". GMC Hoops. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  12. ^ "Jackson, Townes lead Ramblers past Seahawks". WECT. November 24, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  13. ^ Zgoda, Jerry (March 23, 2018). "Ex-teammates Karl-Anthony Towns, Marques Townes succeed on differing paths". Star Tribune. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  14. ^ Odum, Charles (March 23, 2018). "Going to Townes: Marques Townes hits 3-pointer with 6.3 second to go to send Loyola-Chicago past Nevada and to the Elite Eight". Chronicle-Telegram. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  15. ^ Vaccaro, Mike (March 25, 2018). "Marques Townes takes his game to new heights". New York Post. Retrieved March 25, 2018.
  16. ^ Hickey, Pat (October 18, 2018). "Evansville basketball teams picked to finish last in the Missouri Valley Conference". Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  17. ^ Ryan, Shannon (July 5, 2018). "Loyola's Marques Townes joins Dominican Republic national team". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 27, 2018.

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