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“Mr. Oakland” Eyes Brighter Prospects Post Stunning NCAA Victory


  • Oakland University’s Trey Townsend, known as “Mr. Oakland”, played a crucial role in their upset victory over Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament.
  • Townsend may not return to Oakland due to attractive Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) deals from other programs.
  • Townsend’s departure will be a significant loss for Oakland and its head coach Greg Kampe, who has known him since childhood.

A Victory to Remember

In a surprising turn of events, Oakland University, ranked 14th, defeated 3rd ranked Kentucky in the first round of the men’s NCAA Tournament. While Jack Gohlke’s exceptional 3-point shooting grabbed the limelight, forward Trey Townsend delivered a stellar performance, scoring 17 points and leading the team with 12 rebounds. His double-double contribution played a pivotal role in the Golden Grizzlies’ victory.

The Man Behind the Victory

Oakland’s head coach, Greg Kampe, acknowledges Townsend’s instrumental role in getting the team to the tournament. Kampe referred to Townsend as “Mr. Oakland”, signifying his importance to the team.

“They call him ‘Mr. Oakland’ here, but one side of it, the only reason he’s got another year is the COVID year. So, he gave us four years, he’s got his degree, and I had a big conversation with him yesterday.” Kampe said.

A Possible Departure

Despite his significant role and another year of eligibility at Oakland, Kampe believes that Townsend might not return to the Golden Grizzlies. The emergence of Name, Image, Likeness (NIL) deals allows players like Townsend to enter the transfer portal and attract hefty offers from other programs.

“He’s looking at $250,000-300,000 is what I’m being told. It’s going to be hard telling him to stay,” Kampe revealed.

A Tough Goodbye

Townsend’s possible departure will be a huge loss for Oakland. Kampe, who has known Townsend since he was four years old, admits that his departure will be challenging to handle.

“He’s as close to having a son play for you as I could’ve had,” Kampe shared.

While Townsend hasn’t officially entered the transfer portal since Oakland’s tournament run ended in the second round against No. 11 NC State, his future prospects look promising.

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