PLAYER PROFILE

JOHNNY TOWNSEND

STATISTICS & HISTORY

Johnny Townsend  attended Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was twice named to the All-State basketball team.  He played collegiately for the University of Michigan  where he was named to the All-Big Ten team and led Michigan in scoring each year from 1936-1938. Townsend was nicknamed the “Houdini of the Hardwood” because he was  a talented scorer, strong rebounder and unusually adept ball-handler for a big man. In 1938, his senior year, he was named  a consensus All-American. Townsend’s professional basketball career was limited because of his law practice and his service in World War II.  His grandson, Eric Montross, played in the National Basketball Association.

 

JOHNNY TOWNSEND Height: 6:05 Weight: 210 College: Franklin(In)/Michigan’38
John Frederick Townsend Born: Sep 20, 1916 Died: Dec 4, 2001 Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
REGULAR SEASON RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1938-39 Hammond NBL 5 14 15 43 8.6
1939-40 Rochester Indep
1940-41 Michigan All-Stars Indep
1940-41 Toledo Indep
1941-42 Indianapolis NBL 22 53 63 169 7.7
1942-43 ToledoOshkosh NBL 7 10 14 34 4.9
1943-45 Military Service
Major League Totals 34 77 92 246 7.2
PLAYOFF RECORD
Year Team League     GA FGM  FTM   FTA  PCT.  AST  PTS   AVG
1940-41 Toledo WBT 4 0 3 6 .500 3 0.8
1941-42 Indianapolis NBL 2 6 11 23 11.5
1941-42 Indianapolis WBT 1 2 3 6 .500 7 7.0
Major League Totals 7 8 17 33 4.7
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