The All-Decade Team was compiled by staff from D3hoops.com All-American teams.
Guard Mike Hoyt, Mount St. Mary, 2004-07
All-American years: 2006 (honorable mention), 2007 (1st)
Conference honors: 2007 Player of the Year
NCAA Tournament appearances: 2005 (first round)
Other honors: 2007 Jostens finalist
What others say: “(Mike)
could do just about anything – shoot the three, drive to the
basket, make foul shots, play defense. Mike is the best
player that I have ever coached and that encompasses a lot of years
and a lot of players.”
– Duane Davis, Mount St. Mary coach
Career synopsis: Hoyt graduated
from Mount St. Mary as the eighth
leading scorer in Division III history after an amazing four seasons for the Knights. Unwanted by scholarship programs out of high school, Hoyt made the most of his 5-foot-9 stature at the Division III level, scoring from anywhere on the court, pinballing off players to get points as he drove into the paint. Hoyt's senior season was one of amazing individual accomplishment. Though the team struggled to a 9-16 mark, Hoyt carried them to a host of unlikely victories with 50-plus point efforts, including a 57-point game against Stevens in which he surpassed 2,500 career points in defeating an eventual NCAA Tournament team. He finished with 2,586 points. Though small in size, Hoyt looms large in Division III history for his achievements.
Guard Drew Carstens
All-American years: 2002 (4th), 2003 (1st), 2004 (3rd)
What others say: "He was our
unquestioned leader and a guy that every team we faced felt it had
to stop. A tireless worker, Drew helped give our program the
toughness on the floor that we are still known for today."
– Grey Giovanine, Augustana coach
Career synopsis: A three-time member of the All-CCIW first team, Drew Carstens was the star player around whom Vikings coach Grey Giovanine built his initial success at Augustana. “As part of the first recruiting class for us, he was instrumental in our ascent to the top of the NCAA Division III scene,” recalls Giovanine. The Vikings went 70-30 during Carstens’ four seasons in Rock Island. He was neither the quickest guard in the CCIW nor the best shooter, but his physical strength and his ability to either get to the basket for a layup or draw a foul served to make him one of the league's top scorers. Carstens finished his career with 1,813 points, good for second all-time at Augustana, and he holds the school records for most free throws made in a season and in a career.
Forward Aaron Winkle
All-American years: 1999 (3rd), 2000 (1st)
Conference honors: 1999 Player of the Year, 2000 Player of the Year
NCAA Tournament appearances: 2000 (national champions)
Other honors: 2000 Jostens Award Finalist, 2000 All-Tournament Team
What others say: “Aaron
Winkle is not only one of the finest players I have ever coached,
but he is also one of the finest human beings I have ever been
around. He had all of the attributes a coach desires in a player.
He was talented. He was intelligent. He was a leader and he was
driven to succeed.”
– Kevin Vande Streek, Calvin coach
Career synopsis: When Winkle arrived at Calvin in the fall of 1996, many of the Knights faithful believed he would serve as a cornerstone for a championship run. As a senior in 2000, he proved them right, leading the Knights to their second-ever national championship. A 6-6 combo forward, Winkle had the ability to play inside and outside with an uncanny nose for rebounds. “He had an innate sense of knowing where the basketball was going to come off the rim. Almost a little ‘Dennis Rodman’ like,” recalls Vande Streek. Winkle’s talents shone most brightly in the championship run when he averaged 19.6 points and 8.8 rebounds a game while connecting on 88.0 percent of his free throw attempts, 55.6 percent of his three-point attempts and 46.5 percent of his field goal attempts. “During our national championship season, Aaron was at his best as a leader. No one on our team wanted to let him down and they gave their best effort that year both on and off the court because that is the type of person that Aaron is and he commanded that kind of respect from his teammates,” says Vande Streek.
Forward Tori Davis
All-American years: 2006 (2nd), 2007 (1st)
Conference honors: 2006 Player of the Year, 2007 Player of the Year
NCAA Tournament appearances: 2005 (first round), 2006 (second round)
What others say: “Tori Davis
was an outstanding scorer and rebounder during his four years at
Baldwin-Wallace College. He holds 11 school records and was first
or second team All-Ohio Athletic Conference for his entire
career. Tori was one of the most outstanding players that
I’ve coached in 44 years.”
– Steve Bankson, Baldwin-Wallace coach
Career synopsis: Davis came to Baldwin-Wallace two years after his older brother Thad decided to do the same. Before Tori arrived in Berea, Bankson had never won an OAC regular season championship. That changed in Tori’s junior year – his first without Thad as a teammate – when he led the Yellow Jackets to a 15-3 record and the OAC title. Though he was only 6-3, Davis was a true post player who could play with his back to the basket against much-taller opponents and still control the paint. One of his most spectacular performances came in 2005 against then second-ranked Wooster. Davis scored 44 points and corralled 17 rebounds in 43 minutes during the Yellow Jackets’ 113-108 double-overtime victory. Teams with Davis on the roster finished 81-31, the best four-year period in school history. As an individual, Davis holds 14 game, season and career records, including most points in a season (703) and career (2,232) and most shots blocked in a career (242).
Center Adam Doll
All-American years: 1998 (1st), 1999 (2nd)
Conference honors: 1998 Player of the Year
NCAA Tournament appearances: 1996 (first round)
Other honors: 1998 Jostens finalist, 1999 Jostens finalist
What others say: “Adam is
someone who won't let you lose. He's mentally tough. A
gauge of a good player is how he makes others better. I've
coached two players like that: John Stockton when I was an
assistant at Gonzaga and Adam.”
– Bruce Wilson, Simpson coach
Career synopsis: Facing every kind of defense possible, Doll put up double-double after double-double in his junior season as the Storm went 22-3 and won the IIAC title. That would get you an NCAA Tournament bid two different ways now, but not so in 1998 – Simpson was left out of the playoffs. Arguably Doll’s greatest achievement came as a senior. After tearing the ACL in his right knee in the summer of 1998, Doll was back in the starting lineup just 156 days later. “We expected to not have Adam with us until December,” recalls Wilson. “He was not going to let that happen and practiced with the team on Oct. 15 and did not miss a game his senior season even though he was pretty much playing on one leg.” In his return he scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against host St. John’s. Doll led the Storm to an 80-23 record in his career and was nominated for the 1999 NCAA Outstanding Sportsperson of the Year Award.