SALEM, VA – Williams College sophomore guard Nate Robertson (Ann Arbor, MI) was named to the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball All-Tournament Team at the national semifinals and finals played this past weekend at the Salem [VA] Civic center.
Robertson who began the Eph run to the national semifinals coming off an injury and playing limited time in the first two Eph tourney contests, just got better and better as the tournament wore on.
Robertson posted a game high 21 points for the Ephs in the national semifinals when they fell 73-71 to the College of Wooster. Robertson connected on 5-7 field goal attempts (2-3 from beyond the arc) and all nine of his free throws.
Williams head coach Mike Maker noted in the early round NCAA games the contribution the savvy sophomore had been making on both offense and defense for his team and more than once Maker opined, "Nate's contributions often go overlooked because his stats don't always jump out at people, but we are not the same team when he is not on the floor."
Robertson, an excellent ball handler, also displayed his defensive prowess in the Virginia Wesleyan Sweet 16 game supplying a key defensive stop by drawing a late game charge despite having four fouls, moments after he had drained a three, lifting the Ephs into the Elite Eight showdown with arch rival Amherst.
|Nate Robertson '13|
Against Amherst Robertson was simply the best player on the floor notching a career-high 22 points, 3 assists and helping contain Amherst's explosive backcourt with solid defense.
Robertson's shot clock beating three with less than a minute to play iced the contest for the Ephs and punched their ticket to Salem. Post-game Maker noted that when Amherst had come from behind to take a brief lead he told his staff, "I don't care what we do offensively as long as Nate has the ball in his hands." Maker continued, "Nate is very good with the ball and an excellent decision maker who has an extremely high basketball IQ. We needed him to run the show for us and he did."
Despite missing four games due to injury Robertson was second in minutes played (28.7), averaged 8.2 points, and 3.3 rebounds a game. He handed out 95 assists versus just 50 turnovers on the year and was superb throughout defensively.
Robertson is the first Eph sophomore of the nine Ephs named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in Salem.
EPHS NAMED NCAA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM at FINAL FOUR:
1997: Michael Nogelo '98
1998: Michael Nogelo '98
2003: Ben Coffin '04 & Michael Crotty '04
2004: Michael Crotty '04 & Tucker Kain '05
2010: Blake Schultz '10 & Troy Whittington '11
2011: Nate Robertson '13