Aaron Toomey(Bishop McGuinness HS) Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week

Posted by Andy Durham on February 1, 2011 at 11:11 pm under College, High School | Comments are off for this article

Toomey Named NESCAC Co-Player of the Week

AMHERST, MA – Amherst College first-year point guard Aaron Toomey (Greensboro, NC)
has been named NESCAC Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for helping the Lord
Jeffs remain atop the conference standings with a pair of wins this past weekend.

Toomey came off the bench to average 19.0 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds
with an 8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio on Friday and Saturday, shooting 67
percent from the floor (10-of-15), 83 percent from long range (5-of-6) and 93
percent at the line (13-of-14).

Toomey had 18 points in only 19 minutes during an 82-49 win over Colby, knocking
down all five of his field goal attempts (3-of-3 on three-pointers) to go along
with three assists. In a 103-85 win over Bowdoin the next day, he had 20 points,
five boards, five assists and three steals, hitting all eight of his free throws
while shooting 5-of-10 from the floor (2-of-3 from three).

This is the second time Toomey has been recognized for outstanding play at
Amherst, as he was named NESCAC and ECAC Player of the Week after his performances
against Williams and Wesleyan earlier this month. Through 18 games he leads the
Lord Jeffs in scoring (12.9 ppg) and assists (3.72 apg) despite averaging only
24.0 minutes per contest.

The NESCAC features several outstanding first-year players this season, but Toomey
is among the leading candidates for the conference’s Rookie of the Year award. He
leads NESCAC rookies in free throw percentage (.877) and assist-to-turnover ratio
(2.23) and ranks second in scoring average, assists per game and steals per game
(1.39). Toomey has racked up 233 points this season and could challenge the
program’s all-time record for first-year scoring (363 points, John Pavelski ’98)
should he continue to excel off the bench.

Sharing NESCAC Player of the Week honors with Toomey is Williams College center
Troy Whittington ’11, who averaged 21.5 points and 10.5 rebounds during a 2-0 week
for the Ephs. Amherst and Williams are tied atop the NESCAC standings at 5-0.

Justin Long
Director of Sports Information

Amherst College

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