(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s basketball team had five players named to Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Academic team. Cameron Hill, Manuel “Roco” Gandara, McCall Tomeny, Kyle Simmons, and Benjamin Amoss were all honored by the conference for their academics this season.
Cameron Hill played in all 27 games for the Wolf Pack this year and made eight starts. The senior averaged six points and 4.2 rebounds per game. Hill shot 48.4% from the field. The Chicago, Illinois native had a season best game against Bethel on February 22nd as he scored 18 points on 8 for 10 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds. Earlier this year, he was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete. Last season, the public relations major was named to the SSAC All-Academic Team and the NABC Honor’s Court. Hill was also honored as the NAIA Champions of Character representative for Loyola.
This is the third straight year that Manuel “Roco” Gandara has been named to the SSAC All-Academic team. The Tintillo Guaynabo, Puerto Rico native averaged 4.5 points and was second on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game as he played in 23 games and made 10 starts. The senior forward had a team high field goal percentage of 49.3% this year. He departs Loyola sitting in a tie for seventh place in career blocks with 58. His 20 this season rank as the 16th best single season blocks for anybody in Loyola history. The international business and finance major recorded a career best 13 rebounds against Martin Methodist on February 8th. The finance minor earned SSAC All-Academic team honors after his sophomore and junior campaigns and was named to the NABC Honor’s Court last season. He was also named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second straight year earlier in the offseason.
McCall Tomeny averaged 16.7 points and 8.1 rebounds and led the Wolf Pack in both categories this season. He was named to the SSAC All-Conference as well as a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American. He ranked 10th in the SSAC in points and 3rd in rebounds. He made 46.9% of his shots which ranked seventh in the conference. The junior forward drilled 15 threes this season. Tomeny tallied seven double doubles this year which tied for fourth most in the SSAC. He ranked 23rd in defensive rebounds per game and 26th in total rebounds in the NAIA. He finished third in the SSAC in defensive rebounds with 5.68 per contest. The finance major crossed the 1,000 point plateau on January 16th of this season against Blue Mountain College. The Baton Rouge native currently sits in 17th place in points scored in the Loyola career record books with 1,169 points. He also ranks 11th in blocked shots and fifth in career rebounds. He sits in 15th for season rebounds for any Wolf Pack player with his 179 boards. This is the second straight year he has been named to the SSAC All-Academic team.
Kyle Simmons was also named to the SSAC All-Academic team for the second straight year. The junior guard was second on the team in scoring with 9.6 points per game. He also tallied 2.59 assists while playing in all 27 game and making 26 starts. The Eustis, Florida native is averaging 3.3 rebounds per contest. The business major led the team in minutes averaging 34.7 per game. He also led the Pack in total steals with 35 during the 2013-14 season.
Ben Amoss was named to the SSAC All-Academic team for the second consecutive year. The sophomore from Jefferson, Louisiana appeared in 17 games this season. He scored six points while grabbing four boards and dishing out seven assists in a part-time role. Amoss is majoring in economics.
All five players were named to the team for the second consecutive season. Last year they were joined on the SSAC All-Academic team by Steve Davis. The Wolf Pack has had 20 players named to the team in four seasons of SSAC play.