By JEREMY FUCHS
Last Friday, Matt Townsend scored eight points to help Yale stun defending NCAA champion UConn in Storrs, Conn.
Two weeks earlier, the 6-foot-7 Townsend was in New York City, where he became one of 32 American students to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
Such is the life of a true scholar-athlete.
“[My] first emotion was shock,” Townsend told SNY.tv of winning the Rhodes. “Being with some really incredible people, a lot of whom were smarter than me, I really wasn’t expecting to win the scholarship. So when my name was called, I was in disbelief. My second emotion was just gratitude for everyone that’s been supporting me. It kind of felt like a basketball win, it was a team win, just my coaches, my teammates, all my professors and academic advisors. I really felt like we all won something together.”