Toomey, Workman Earn Regional Awards

Contact: Justin Long

Aaron Toomey '14 was the youngest player selected to
this year's All-Northeast Region teams.

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College men’s basketball standouts Aaron Toomey ’14 and Willy Workman ’13 added to their list of postseason honors when and the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced their regional award winners this week.

The NABC named Toomey to its All-District First Team, making him one of only 11 players in the northeast recognized by the organization. Toomey also earned a spot on the All-Northeast Region First Team, while Workman landed on the Fourth Team.

Toomey is the only sophomore selected to this year’s All-Northeast Region teams, as 14 of the honorees are seniors and five are juniors. Only six NESCAC players made the list, with Workman and Toomey joining Bowdoin’s Will Hanley (2nd Team), Hamilton’s Pat Sullivan (3rd) and Wesleyan’s Shasha Brown (4th). Middlebury’s Ryan Sharry earned a spot on the First Team and was chosen as the region’s Player of the Year.

After bursting onto the scene as the 2011 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, Toomey followed a promising debut season with a dominant sophomore campaign. The Amherst point guard was among the conference leaders in scoring (3rd, 17.9 ppg), assists (2nd, 4.82), steals (2nd, 1.82) and free throw percentage (2nd, .910), making him an easy choice for the All-NESCAC First Team.

Willy Workman '13 finished his junior season among
the NESCAC's leaders in several statistical categories.

Toomey’s impressive 182-for-200 performance at the line set new single-season program records for free throws made and foul shooting percentage, with his .910 clip also ranking fourth nationally. He scored at least 20 points 13 times this season, notably putting up 34 against NYU in the NCAA tournament. During a win at Bowdoin he totaled 23 points and 10 assists on 8-of-12 shooting, as he recorded at least five assists in 15 games.

Workman earned a spot on the All-NESCAC Second Team and was selected as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. The junior swingman did a little bit of everything for Amherst, finishing among the league leaders in scoring (18th, 11.3 ppg), rebounding (10th, 6.5 rpg), assists (11th, 2.97), steals (3rd, 1.72 spg), blocks (3rd, 1.17) and free throw shooting (13th, .725).

Workman posted four double-doubles and had several well-rounded performances like his one against Emmanuel, during which he had 15 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and a steal on 4-of-5 shooting. He scored at least 10 points in 20 games, grabbed at least five rebounds in 20, blocked at least two shots in 10, and recorded at least two steals in 16.

Toomey and Workman helped Amherst close the regular season with nine consecutive wins en route to the top seed in the NESCAC Championship. They then combined for 32.7 points and 9.3 assists per game during the team’s three conference tournament wins, shooting 57.4 percent from the floor as a duo to lead Amherst to its first NESCAC title since 2006. The Lord Jeffs finished the season at 26-3 overall as one of the top-ranked teams in Division III.

For more information about this year’s regional award winners, visit the NABC and websites.