Toomey, Workman Named D3hoops.com All-Americans
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Aaron Toomey ’14 and Willy Workman ’13 continued to add to men’s basketball’s growing list of postseason accolades with selections to the D3hoops.com All-America teams.
Two of 25 student-athletes nationwide to be honored, Toomey earned a spot on the first-team, while Workman was named to the third team alongside Williams’ Michael Mayer ’14. Middlebury’s Joey Kizel ’14 was the only other NESCAC player to be acknowledged, garnering honorable mention praise.
Enjoying a stellar junior season, Toomey was also recently named to the NABC All-America team as the Northeast District Player of the Year. Also the NESCAC Player of the Year, the Greensboro, N.C. native already ranks ninth on the program’s scoring charts (1,400), posting career-high averages in several offensive categories including field goal percentage (.440), three-point shooting percentage (.427) and assists per game.
Leading the team in scoring on 10 occasions, he twice tied a career-high with 34 points this season, while also netting 32 points against Elms College on Nov. 30. Dishing out a career-best 12 assists against Curry in mid-November, Toomey sits third in the league in helpers per game (4.9) and fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4).
Among the conference leaders in scoring (17.4 ppg), he has been at his best in the NCAA Tournament with consecutive 25-point efforts in Amherst’s second- and third-round wins to go with 9-of-18 combined shooting from long range and averages of 6.5 rebounds and 6.0 assists. Finishing with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting in the Elite 8 against Cabrini, he was one of just two Jeffs in double figures in a 52-44 defensive struggle against North Central in the national semifinals.
Already an NABC All-District, D3hoops.com All-Region and NESCAC first team selection, Workman has continued to live up to his reputation as one of the league’s most versatile players, averaging 12.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. Also one of the conference’s premier defenders, he also ranks third in blocks (1.5) and tied for third in steals (1.6). Leading the squad in rebounding 13 times this season, he has seven double-doubles to his credit.
Also pacing the team in scoring on several occasions, he notably netted a career-high 30 points with a personal-best 13 rebounds in a 104-101 triple overtime thriller against then-No. 3 Middlebury, that locked up the Jeffs’ second consecutive regular season title. The catalyst to Amherst’s big Elite 8 win over Cabrini, he poured in a game-high 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting, while also posting six rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals in 37 minutes.
Amherst will play Mary Hardin-Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Division III national championship game at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, Apr. 7. Tip-off is set for 12:30 p.m. Admission to the game is free of charge and it will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network.