If someone tells you about the hardest-working, highest-character college basketball player, they’re probably talking about Grant Townsend.
After transferring into Bloomingdale High in the Tampa area for his last two years of high school, Townsend led his team with 13.3 points per game in his junior year. Despite recovering from an injury, his senior year effort increased his average rebounds per game from 5.4 to almost 7, while his points per game average dropped to 9.4. The points per game drop may represent a change in team dynamics rather than a scoring issue.
Recruited by two Division II schools and UNC-Asheville, Grant Townsend chose the only Division I school with a commitment to a redshirt year with the Bulldogs.
For examples into his skill set, check out the following highlight reel and full game footage (He’s #14) from 2014:
In the full game footage, Townsend epitomizes the hardest-working label I shared earlier. He works hard for rebounds, he works hard on defense, and he works hard on shots – even when he’s tripled teamed under the hoop*. However, his defensive footwork looked a little slow at times and his hands could use a little more – well, work.
You can find an additional highlight reel here that shows Townsend’s stength and physical play.
Based on the three videos, especially the second reel, his intangibles incline me to bet on a fruitful redshirt year. My expectations aren’t for him to be a starter, but the hardwork Townsend possesses can supply the Bulldogs with the kind of fullness and depth that championship-caliber rosters require. And you can’t ask more from a high-character guy than to play the role the team needs.
* At which time, he should’ve passed.