Allen Williamson, Amherst College
Playing behind a talented core of veterans for the majority of his career, Allen Williamson made the most of his opportunities as a senior, enjoying a breakout season while helping to lead the Amherst men’s basketball team to the program’s second national championship.
Averaging 6.1 points and 2.8 rebounds over his first three years, the athletic swingman posted career highs in numerous categories, putting up nearly 12 points per game and five rebounds, while shooting over 53 percent from the floor.
Continuing to improve as the season wore on, Williamson was at his best when it mattered most, averaging 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game during the team’s postseason run. Scoring 17 points, while making a game-saving block to seal the Jeffs’ NESCAC title game win over archrival Williams, he netted 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting and grabbed 11 boards in an NCAA second round win over Plattsburgh State.
Playing an integral role in the national quarterfinal match-up with Cabrini, he finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds on 8-for-13 shooting, before netting 17 points with 10 boards in the Final Four against North Central. Capping off a tremendous stretch, he finished with 18 points and six rebounds in the national championship game against Mary Hardin-Baylor, capturing Most Outstanding Player honors for his efforts.