10 Facts About Loyola-Chicago Star Marques Townes

As the Cinderella team of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, No. 11-seeded Loyola-Chicago heads to the Final Four in San Antonio this Saturday (March 31), one Rambler stands out above the rest: Marques Townes. Here are 10 interesting facts to know about New Jersey’s own star point guard.

Photo courtesy of Steve Woltmann.
NCAA First Round Game - Loyola vs. Miami. Photo courtesy of Steve Woltmann.

As the Cinderella team of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, No. 11-seeded Loyola-Chicago heads to the Final Four in San Antonio this Saturday (March 31), one Rambler stands out above the rest: Marques Townes. Here are 10 interesting facts to know about New Jersey’s own star point guard.

  1. Townes stands tall at 6 foot 4, much like Dwayne Wade.
  2. His father gave Townes the nickname ‘Farco’ and it’s still used by some of his friends.
  3. He initially began his high school hoops career at Cardinal McCarrick in South Amboy, where he averaged 19 points per game, before transferring to St. Joseph’s High School in Metuchen.
  4. Townes – sounds familiar right? You may be thinking of Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although Marques and Karl-Anthony have similar last names, are both from Edison and share Dominican heritage, there is no familial connection between the two.
  5. We’ve already established that Marques Townes and Karl-Anthony Towns are not related – but they wereteammates at St. Joe’s (along with Wade Baldwin IV) and helped their team win New Jersey’s 2014 Tournament of Champions.
  6. Townes finished his high school career at St. Joe’s with 1,863 points, making him the second-highest scorer in school history, behind former Duke star and Bulls guard, Jay Williams.
  7. Townes not only played basketball in high school, but excelled on the football field as well, doubling as a linebacker and running back.
  8. He made waves for two seasons as a Knight at Fairleigh Dickinson University from 2014 to 2016 before transferring to Loyola University in Chicago, IL in the fall of 2016.
  9. As a Knight, he led the team to its first-ever New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in 2016.
  • As Loyola’s point guard, Townes was instrumental in helping the team advance to the Elite Eight in this year’s NCAA tournament with a final three-pointer against Nevada. This hasn’t happened for the Ramblers since 1963!

In Saturday’s game, the Ramblers face the No. 3 seed, the Michigan Wolverines.

Click here to leave a comment
There are no photos with those IDs or post 178595 does not have any attached images!
Read more Just For the Web, Sports articles.

By submitting comments you grant permission for all or part of those comments to appear in the print edition of New Jersey Monthly.