Meehan Earns All-NESCAC Selection; Toomey Named Top Rookie

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College point guards Conor Meehan ’11 (Meriden, CT) and Aaron Toomey ’14 (Greensboro, NC) were recognized when the NESCAC announced its 2011 Men’s Basketball All-Conference Team today, with Meehan landing on the First Team and Toomey earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Meehan developed a reputation as one of the conference’s best players after exceptional sophomore and junior seasons, but the addition of Toomey has given Amherst one of the most dynamic backcourts in Division III. Fans knew they were in for a treat when the two players combined for 49 points during a 90-89 overtime win against Maine-Farmington in the Nov. 19 season opener. Meehan totaled 28 points and eight boards in that game, while Toomey poured in 21 points in his collegiate debut, as both guards were selected to the Ken Wright ’52 Memorial Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Conor Meehan '11
Aaron Toomey '14

Meehan and Toomey have put up similar numbers this year, ranking either first or second on the team in scoring, assists and free throw percentage, while each player is shooting 38 percent from three-point range. They are both exceptional rebounders and defenders, combining for 2.5 steals and nearly eight boards per game. Each has been named NESCAC Player of the Week twice this season, as Toomey became the first player in conference history to earn the honor twice as a first-year.

Starting in all 25 games as a co-captain, Meehan ranks 12th in the NESCAC in scoring (13.2 ppg), second in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2), sixth in assists per game (3.6), third in free throw percentage (85.7) and 15th in steals (1.0). He has scored at least 10 points in 20 games and at least 20 points in four outings, leaving him 27th on the program’s all-time scoring list (945) and fourth in assists (333).

During a dominant three-game stretch that featured 20-point performances against Tufts, Bates and Brandeis, Meehan averaged 21.7 points while shooting 67.7 percent overall (21-of-31), 71.4 percent from beyond the arc (5-of-7) and 94.7 percent at the line (18-of-19). He has been on fire from the charity stripe as of late, connecting on 30 of his past 32 attempts (.938).

Toomey is the first Lord Jeff to win the NESCAC Rookie of the Year award outright, as Andrew Olson ’08 shared the honor in 2005. Among the conference’s first-year players, Toomey leads the way in steals per game (1.5) and free throw percentage (.879), also ranking second in scoring (12.0 ppg), assists per game (3.4), assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) and three-pointers made per game (1.5). He has scored 20 points or more on five occasions, and in conference games he averaged 12.6 points while shooting 50 percent from long range (14-of-28).

The first true test of Toomey’s career came on Jan. 8 against Williams, when he racked up 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists during a 92-89 overtime victory against the Ephs. During an impressive stretch of five conference games, Toomey averaged 16.8 points, 3.2 assists and 3.6 boards while shooting 63.9 percent from the floor (23-of-36), 72.7 percent from three-point range (8-of-11) and 90.9 percent at the line (30-of-33). He is on pace to break the 15-year-old program record for single-season free throw percentage (.868, John Pavelski '98) and is 62 points shy of tying the school record for first-year scoring (363 points, John Pavelski '98).

Middlebury’s Jeff Brown was voted NESCAC Coach of the Year for leading his team to the conference title, while Panther center Andrew Locke ’11 was named Defensive Player of the Year. Williams center Troy Whittington ’11 was selected Player of the Year, also joining teammate James Wang ’12 on the All-Conference First Team.

All-NESCAC First Team
G – Conor Meehan ’11 (Amherst)
G – James Wang ’12 (Williams)
F – Will Hanley ’12 (Bowdoin)
F – Ryan Sharry ’12 (Middlebury)
C – Troy Whittington ’11 (Williams)

All-NESCAC Second Team
G – Shasha Brown ’13 (Wesleyan)
F – Brian Ellis ’11 (Bates)
F – Luke MacDougall ’11 (Trinity)
F – Michael Russell ’11 (Colby)
C – Andrew Locke ’11 (Middlebury)

NESCAC Player of the Year
C – Troy Whittington ’11 (Williams)

NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year
C – Andrew Locke ’11 (Middlebury)

NESCAC Rookie of the Year
G – Aaron Toomey ’14 (Amherst)

NESCAC Coach of the Year
Jeff Brown (Middlebury)