|Mike Mayer '14|
|Duncan Robinson '17|
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Two members of Mike Maker's Williams College men's basketball team that finished in the NCAA DIII Tournament (28-5) have been accorded All-America honors by D3Hoops.com.
Senior center Mike Mayer (Durham, NC) was named to the First Team and freshman forward Duncan Robinson (New Castle, NH) was named to the Fourth Team.
Mayer was a Third Team D3Hoops.com honoree in 2013.
Robinson continues to add to a list of firsts among freshman players at Williams by being named a D3Hoops.com All-American and the organization's National Rookie of the Year.
Mayer will graduate as the seventh leading all-time scorer at Williams with 1,469 points. Additionally, Mayer has collected 716 rebounds, placing him sixth all-time at Williams.
"It's difficult to put into words the impact that Michael has had on our program and institution," said Eph head coach Mike Maker.
"He's everything you want and more as a player and a person," continued Maker. "He's very deserving of all the accolades that come his way and I'm confident that he'll have an even greater influence in whatever career path he chooses."
Mayer was a force in the NCAA Tournament averaging 20.8 points and 12.8 points and was named to the All-Tournament Team. "Michael's the ideal point forward for our system," said Maker. "For a player his size it's amazing to watch his skill and IQ for the game of basketball. Our offense goes through him inside and out and he makes everyone around him better simply with his presence on the court."
"He should be very proud of the fact that he led three Williams teams to Salem," Maker added. "It goes without saying how much we're going to miss "Big Mike."
Asked to comment on the play and development of Eph first year forward Duncan Robinson head coach Mike Maker said, "Simply amazing! The way Duncan has handled being an impact player for a first year says a lot about his maturity and his character."
Robinson is the first Eph freshman to be named an All-American with his Fourth Team honor from D3Hoops.com and he is the first Eph to be named the D3Hoops.com National Rookie of the Year. Further, Robinson is the first freshman at Williams to be named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team and the first Eph first year to score over 500 points in a season. His 548 points is tied for ninth most points scored in a season.
"I've said it many times that he's the most talented player that we've ever recruited," said Maker. "He's very deserving of his post-season honors and it feels good to know as a coach that we have three more years with him."
Robinson led the Ephs in minutes played with 1,110 (a Williams record), points scored (548), 3-pointers made (81-179), 3-point % (45.3), free throw percentage (87.8% - 79 of 90), blocks (36) and steals (36). He also contributed 208 rebounds and 59 assists.
"Duncan's performance and production on the court speaks volumes about his talent and the level of trust and confidence that his teammates and coaches have in him," added Maker. "I believe that he is one of the premier players in the United States regardless of classification. It's rare to have a star player who is so low maintenance and puts the team in front of himself."