Amherst's Toomey named 2013 NABC Division III Player of the Year
ATLANTA - Amherst College junior Aaron Toomey, who will lead the Lord Jeffs in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship game on Sunday, has been selected as the 2013 NABC Division III Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).
Toomey, one of only two juniors on the NABC Coaches' Division III All-America first team this season, will receive his award at the AT&T NABC Guardians of the Game awards show on Sunday, April 7, at 6 p.m. (EDT) in the Sydney Marcus Auditorium at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.
Earlier that day, Toomey and Amherst meet Mary Hardin-Baylor for the NCAA Division III championship at 12:30 p.m. at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
A 6-1 guard from Greensboro, N.C., Toomey averaged 17.4 points and 4.7 rebounds with 153 assists, 43 steals and five blocks through 31 games this season. The junior has connected on 130-145 free throws for 90 percent while helping Amherst to a 29-2 won-lost record.
The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) player of the year, Toomey has been outstanding in the 2013 NCAA tournament, recording back-to-back 25-point games in second and third round victories.
He is already the ninth-leading scorer in program history with 1,400 points and last season set Amherst records for most free throws made with 182 and a 91 percent free throw shooting percentage. This season he twice tied his career high in scoring with 34 points against Colby and at Rhode island College.