Toomey, Workman Named to All-NESCAC Teams
Contact: Ben Badua
Aaron Toomey '14
AMHERST, Mass. - Aaron Toomey ’14 (Greensboro, N.C.) and Willy Workman ’13 (Northampton, Mass.) have been named to the men’s basketball All-NESCAC team after helping the Lord Jeffs to a 25-2 (10-0 NESCAC) record and the program’s first conference championship since 2006.
Toomey, last year’s NESCAC Rookie of the Year, garnered first team all-league laurels, while Workman, who also garnered Defensive Player of the Year accolades, was named to the second team.
The catalyst to the conference’s second highest scoring offense, Toomey has enjoyed a stellar statistical season; ranking second in the conference in assists (4.9) while leading Amherst in scoring with 17.1 points per game. Starting all 26 of his appearances in 2011-12, the Jeffs’ floor general scored in double-digits in all but three games, while hitting the 20-point plateau 10 times.
Enjoying an impressive stretch of five-consecutive 20 point games early in the season, Toomey opened a tough weekend set in Maine in late January with 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting and a season-best 10 assists against Bowdoin. The next day, the Greensboro, N.C. native scored 16 points, hitting 4-of-5 threes, while dishing out nine assists and collecting a career-high six steals in a win over Colby.
Netting 25 points in a tough non-conference game against Rhode Island College on Jan. 31, Toomey continued to rise to the occasion as the year wore on, hitting the game winner with 1.9 seconds left as part of an 18-point effort against archrival Williams during the final weekend of the regular season.
During the NESCAC Tournament, Toomey continued to impress, averaging 21.6 points and 6.0 assists in three games, while shooting 60.6 percent (20-for-33) from the floor and 50.0 percent (8-for-16) from three-point range. Almost automatic from the charity stripe, Toomey broke the school’s single season mark for free throws made with six in the NESCAC quarterfinals against Hamilton and is currently second in the league in free throw percentage (.904).
Willy Workman '13
One of the team’s most versatile players on both ends of the floor, Workman ranks first on the team in blocks (29), steals (49) and rebounds per game (6.4) and second in points (11.7) and assists (3.0). Appearing in all 27 of Amherst’s contests this season, he has scored at least 10 points in all but six games, while recording four double-doubles.
Scoring at least 15 points in his first seven outings, Workman scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Westfield State on Dec. 3 before netting 15 points with 10 boards, four assists and four blocks against Emmanuel three days later. During the NESCAC championship game, an efficient Workman hit seven of his 11 shots for 16 points, adding eight rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals.
The conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, Workman’s 1.8 steals and 1.1 blocks per game currently rank second and fourth in the conference, respectively. Over the course of the year he has put together 16 multi-steal games, nabbing a season-best four steals on three occasions, while tallying at least two blocks, eight times.
One of two teams to receive a first round bye, Amherst will begin its quest for a second National Championship on Saturday, Mar. 3 when it plays host to the winner of NYU/Misericordia in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.