Essence Townsend, Redshirt Senior, Center, #21
Height: 6'7" (per UMTerps.com) 6'6" (per Essence's Twitter)
Collegiate Stats: 1.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, .75 bpg
High School: Patterson Catholic High School
Hometown: Patterson, NJ
How'd She Get to College Park?
Essence came to College Park as a shy lightly recruited player. She was named as an all-state player in her senior season and helped her team to a final four berth in the Tournament of Champions. She chose Maryland after considering Pittsburgh, Delaware State, Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Essence equaled or set her career highs in points (10) and blocks (4) and minutes (21) in a December 2011 game against Delaware State.
A talented front line will likely keep Essence out of the regular rotation. A dream season for her would be to see plenty of action during the non-conference schedule and to leave College Park having made a dunk in a game.
Coming off an ACL injury that sidelined her for her senior season, Essence elected to return to the Terps as a graduate student. Essence will likely see sparing minutes in a crowded front court rotation. She will be able to draw on her experience as a member of the 2012 ACC Championship team to mentor the younger players through Maryland's final ACC season.