The Knox School Basketball Program is designed to prepare student-athletes for the next level on the court and in the classroom. These athletes will be challenged by playing the most competitive Prep basketball programs in the country. The students will gain exposure from these challenges and will receive top-flight academics that will help propel them to reach their academic and athletic goals. Knox offers a full-year basketball program that includes a strength and conditioning regimen that will prepare our athletes for college basketball.
The Prep team consists of 10-12 players of the highest caliber who compete in a 30+ game schedule. The academic program for Prep athletes is intentionally designed to include SAT/ACT preparation classes, along with college-level writing courses, a Graduate Seminar, AP courses and private study times to help prepare them for the next phase of their journey to college basketball.
Additionally, Knox offers a Varsity Basketball team that competes in the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) Conference and the New York State Federation basketball conference.
Walter Townes came to The Knox School with a reputation for developing and recruiting players for college basketball programs. Five years later, his dream has become a reality: Knox has become a full-fledged, prep basketball program.
Townes has coached on all levels ranging from Big East at St. Johns University under legendary Hall of Famer Lou Carnesecca, to esteemed academic institutions such as Dartmouth and Columbia University. Additionally, Townes was Head Coach at both Clarkson University and Drew University and coached as an assistant at Rutgers University and College of the Holy Cross.
Coach Townes has coached and/or recruited numerous players who have gone on to the NBA and to Europe to play professionally, including:
- Malik Sealy, St. Johns University - Minnesota Timberwolves
- Jayson Williams, St. Johns University - New Jersey Nets
- James Blackwell, Dartmouth College - Charlotte Hornets, Boston Celtics, 10 years professionally in Turkey and Israel
- Walter Palmer, Dartmouth College - Utah Jazz, 14 years professionally in Germany
- Dahntay Jones, Rutgers University - Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers
- Crawford Palmer, Dartmouth College - professionally in France
- Craig Austin, Columbia University - Ivy League Player of the Year
- Sea Lonergan Dartmouth College - Ivy League Rookie of the Year
- Rob Feaster, College of the Holy Cross - Patriot League player of the year, 12 years professionally in Germany, Australia and France
Majestic Mapp graduated from the University of Virginia in in 2004 where he received a full athletic scholarship to play for the Division 1 UVA Cavaliers basketball program. A freshman standout, Mapp experienced a catastrophic knee injury, the summer before his sophomore year, tearing his ACL while playing basketball at St. Raymond High School, his alma mater. After coming off his injury, Mapp was named the Tri-Team captain during the 2002-2003 season. During the 2002-03 and the 2001-02 seasons, he was the proud recipient of the “Hardest Worker Award”. In 2000-01, he received the Academic Achievement award and was named ACC Honor Roll for his academic work and athletic participation.
After several follow-up surgeries due to complications from his knee injury, Mapp turned his focus to his studies and to coaching youth basketball teams. He spent 8 years working on Wall Street before intentionally switching career paths and joining us here at Knox as a dedicated, beloved teacher and Assistant Coach of our National Prep Basketball team.
Mr. Majestic Mapp is a phenomenal basketball coach who has inspired students to play basketball. His exuberance on and off the court is a true testament to what a great coach he truly is. Mr. Mapp is supportive, encouraging, and patient with all levels of players which creates a safe environment for each individual student. The Knox Basketball program along with myself are extremely fortunate to have such an incredible man to learn from. -Isai Bala
I see basketball as a way that my family and I can live a better life. My dream is to reach the next level and become a professional basketball player. Mohamed '17