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Townsend helping put Oxford hoops on the map

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Posted at 5:23 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 17:23:10-05

OXFORD (WXYZ) — No matter what gym you go to in the Oxford area you’re probably going to see a bunch of wrestling mats laying around, very good program up here producing a lot of good wrestlers and football players but that is until Trey Townsend got here and out basketball back on the map.

“Best player I’ve ever seen at Oxford,” Wildcats head coach Steve Laidlaw said.

Lofty praise for a player in any sport at a Class A high school. Townsend was a big reason the Wildcats made it to the regional final last season, the furthest Oxford has ever reached in the state playoffs, but as his senior season develops, his leadership is starting to match his skills.

“We’re not the same team as last year but we work just as hard, I’m doing my best to lead, show them what it’s like to win at that level,” senior Trey Townsend said.

“What’s great about Trey, he’ll treat the 15th player every bit as good as his brother, and that’s a special type of athlete,” Laidlaw said.

Townsend is headed to play for Greg Kampe and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies next season, a dream scenario for the still growing star as he’s following in his parents footsteps, as they both played college sports there.

“I’ve been pretty much going to their games as long as I can remember, just been kind of my dream to always play there, to be at that top level and play division one basketball and be my dream school was kind of a no brainer,” Townsend added.