Bishop McGuinness Villains: Former Villains in College and Pros

Spencer Wilson- Class of 2015
The Shot
Spencer received a full scholarship to play college basketball at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC.  Spencer played for the Villains from 2013-2015, receiving All Conference Honors each season, as well as NCBCA All District in 2014.  Spencer was a Winston Salem Journal All-Northwest selection both seasons, and also led the features from the Villains 2015 "Dedication Game" on ESPN and the CBS Evening News with his miracle halfcourt game winning shot.  Spencer was also the second Bishop player to be named a McDonald's All-America nominee, earning the honor in 2015.

Will Gardner- Class of 2015
Will received a full scholarship to play college basketball at Carson Newman University in Tennessee!  Will played 2 seasons for the Villains from 2013-2015.

Logan Weathers- Class of 2014

Logan Weathers- Class of 2014
Congratulations to Logan Weathers, who has committed to play college basketball at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC.  Logan transferred to Bishop from Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point NC and went on to average 14 points per game and 9 rebounds per game as a senior in 2013-14 for the Villains.  Logan helped lead the team to a 21-7 overall record and along the way picked up All-Tournament honors at the Western NC Holiday Classic in Asheville, NC as well as being named to the prestigious Northwest 1A All-Conference Team.  Logan was also named a 'Triad All Star' and represented Bishop in the Triad All Star Game in March 2014, which featured the 20 best high school seniors in the Triad area.  Congratulations to Logan on this great accomplishment!!!

Kevin Weckworth- Class of 2013
Kevin Weckworth- Class of 2013

Kevin Weckworth has committed to play college basketball at Union College in Schenectady, NY.  Kevin becomes the 5th player in 5 years from the Bishop Boys program to go on to play college basketball.

Kevin was a 2 time all-conference player in the Northwest 1A/2A conference as well as a finalist for Player of the Year honors in 2013.  Throughout his Bishop career, he averaged just under 15 points and 5 rebounds as a four year varsity player.  The three time captain of the Villains scored over 1000 points in his career and holds several school records, finishing in the Top 10 of the best in Bishop history in six categories.

Union College is a private, non-denominational liberal arts college located in Schenectady, NY.  Union was ranked as the 29th best college in the United States by Forbes.  Union College is a member of the NCAA Division III and competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.  Congratulations to Kevin on his college committment!

Bishop's Aaron Toomey Named NABC D3 National Player of the Year and wins National Championship!!!


Former Villains PG Aaron Toomey was named the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division 3 National Player of the Year on April 1, 2013.  Aaron is currently the PG at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he led the Amherst Lord Jeffs to the NCAA National Championship on April 7, 2013.

During Toomey's time at Bishop, he led the Villains to the 2009 NCHSAA State Championship, was a 2 time Associated Press All-State Selection, and as a senior in 2010 was runner up for North Carolina's "Mr. Basketball" award, finishing behind Reggie Bullock, now at UNC.  Throughout his 4 year Bishop career, Aaron won several local and state awards finishing second in school history in scoring and first in school history in several other categories.  See Aaron's high school records on the left menu under 'Villains History and Record Books' and some of his high school highlights under 'College Coaches Corner'.

Congratulations to Aaron! 


Trey Tatum- Class of 2012
Trey 2012

Congratulations to Trey Tatum (2012) on his recent committment to Maryville College.  Trey will suit up for the Fighting Scots basketball program in 2012-2013 after a great career at Bishop McGuinness.  Below is the press release from Maryville Sports Information.

Trey Tatum, a 6’3 guard from Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School has committed to continue his education and basketball career at Maryville College.  Tatum, the son of Bob and Eileen Tatum from Greensboro, NC was a senior standout for the Villains and head coach Josh Thompson.   As a three year starter for Bishop McGuinness, Trey was selected to the 2011 Greensboro News and Record All-Area Team, the 2011 Northwest 1A/2A All-Conference team, and again as an honorable mention member to the Northwest 1A/2A All-Conference team in 2012.  Trey was also selected to participate in the Forsyth County East-West All-Star game.  In his final season, Trey averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game.  Randy Lambert, head coach of the Fighting Scots, had these comments about Trey’s commitment, “Trey comes to us from an excellent high school program.  He has the skill set and the basketball I.Q. to play at the college level.  As a perimeter player in our program, we are looking to take advantage of his shooting ability.” Lambert went on to add, “He should be a natural in our motion offense.  He is a welcome addition to our program.” 

Tatum will be joining a Scots basketball team that finished the 2011-2012 year with an 18-10 record.  The MC Cagers also accomplished a Great South Athletic Conference Tournament championship and another birth in the NCAA Division III National Tournament, their 13th selection in 14 seasons. Head Coach Randy Lambert has been at Maryville College for 32 seasons, and has 602 wins to his credit – all at his alma mater. 

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state’s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the spring 2011 semester is 1,103 men and women, representing approximately 17 states and15 countries.

Jake McSwain- Class of 2010
Jake McSwain will play college basketball at Methodist University in Fayetteville starting in 2011.  Jake was an all-region selection in 2009 as a junior for Bishop, en route to being a part of the 2009 State Championship team.  As one of the most improved players in Bishop history, Jake takes his post oriented game to Fayetteville, NC to play for Coach David Smith.  Best of luck to Jake in his collegiate career!

Aaron Toomey- Class of 2010
Aaron Toomey, Class of 2010

Congratulations to Aaron Toomey ('07-'10) on his college committment to Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Aaron selected Amherst over Winthrop, UNC-Wilmington, St. Bonaventure, UNC-Asheville, Vermont, and various NCAA Division 2 institutions.  Aaron had also received interest from Florida State, Davidson, and Wake Forest.

In the end, the academic reputation of Amherst won out over the bigger schools for Aaron.  Amherst had over 8000 applicants in 2010 and accepted just under 500.  180 valedictorians from their respective high schools were turned down for admission to Amherst.  Forbes magazine has Amherst ranked as the eighth best college in the United States, ahead of MIT, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia.  Washington Monthly ranks Amherst as the # 1 liberal arts school in the country.

On the basketball side, Amherst won the NCAA Division 3 National Championship in mens basketball in 2007, and has reached the tournament every year since the 1999-2000 season.  The Lord Jeffs compete athletically in the NCAA Division 3 and play in the NESCAC.  Head Coach Dave Hixon has been the coach at Amherst for 32 seasons.  As the winningest coach in school history, the 8th winningest active Division 3 coach in the nation and the 12th winningest coach in NCAA Division 3 history, Hixon has guided the Jeffs to a 598-232 overall record, 12 NCAA Tournaments, 13 ECAC Tournaments, 16 Little Three titles and NESCAC Championships in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2006 while posting a 21-5 record in NESCAC tournament play.

Aaron is the crown jewel of the 2010 recruiting class for Amherst which included 5 players, from Florida, New Hampshire, California, New Jersey, and North Carolina.

Aaron is the most decorated player in Bishop McGuinness Basketball history, scoring 2003 career points and holding more than 5 school records in scoring, assists, free throws, and other various categories.  The 2 time Associated Press All-State selection also was a McDonald's All American Nominee and played in the prestigious NCHSAA East-West All Star Game.  Aaron led the Villains to a 31-2 record and the 2009 NCHSAA State Championship, garnering MVP honors in the championship game as well as the Western Regional.  Toomey was also the 2 time conference player of the year, earning the honor in back to back years, 2009 and 2010.

Ross Diachenko- Class 0f 2009
Ross graduated in 2009 as a State Champion

Ross played four years on the varsity team at Bishop McGuinness.  He was Coach Thompson's first four-year varsity player.  After grade school at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, Ross joined the varsity as a freshman.  After starting 5 games his freshman, year, he became a three year starter for the Varsity Villains and went on to set many records in Bishop Basketball History.  Ross was a three-time All Conference Player for the Villains.  During his senior year, Ross helped lead Bishop to the 2009 NCHSAA State Championship, while being named the Most Outstanding Player in the game.  He also earned NCHSAA All- Western Region Honors as well as being named to the Winston Salem Journal All-Northwest Team, High Point Enterprise All-Area Team, and was Northwest Conference Player of the Year Runner-Up.

In May of 2009, Ross committed to play college basketball at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC.

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Brad Kenney- Class of 2007
Brad Kenney Shot
Brad graduated in 2007
Brad played four years at Bishop McGuinness. Brad has been described by his coaches as the most improved player in Bishop history from the ninth grade throughout his senior year. In ninth grade, Brad started on the JV Blue team and then made the JV Gold team as a sophomore. Following tenth grade, Brad made the varsity team and gained a starting spot during the middle of the season and never looked back. He would go on to make the all-conference team his senior year and became the Northwest Conference Runner up for Player of the Year honors in 2007. Brad earned a scholarship and currently plays college basketball at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Wednesday, November 15
Robertas Javtokas- Class of 1998
Robertas played in 1998
Robertas played one season for the Villains before he played a semester of Division I basketball at the University of Arizona in fall of 1999. He then began playing professionally in Lithuania, and eventually was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001, being taken with the 56th pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.

Wednesday, November 15
Ime Archibong- Class of 1999
Ime graduated in '99 then went on to play in the Ivy League!
Ime played four years at Bishop McGuinness while we were at our old location in Winston Salem. From Bishop, he went on to receive a basketball scholarship to Yale University and was a key player for Yale in the Ivy League. Ime was the team captain for Yale during their conference championship season. He then went on to a short professional career in Europe, before returning to the United States to pursue his advanced business degree. Ime is fourth on the all-time scoring list at Bishop (1722) and is second on the career rebounding average list (9.7).

Wednesday, November 15
Mike Love- Class of 1999
Mike Love played for the Villains and graduated in 1999. During his time at Bishop, Mike earned all-conference honors in the PACIS before continuing his basketball career at Warren Wilson College in Asheville. After college, Mike came back to Bishop as an assistant basketball coach for one season in 2005.

Wednesday, November 15
Dan Kalbaugh- Class of 2000
Dan went on to play at High Point University after his four years at Bishop. Dan's brother Bob also played for the Villains.

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Bob Kalbaugh- Class of 2003
06 Camp Champs
Bob with his team at camp in 2006
Bob played at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro during his elementary years, then spent four seasons on the varsity team at Bishop. Bob is fourth in school history on the season free throw percentage list, making 85% of his attempts. After Bishop Bob went on to play basketball at Lake Erie College in Pennsylvania. Bob has also worked three of our Villain Basketball Camps during his summer breaks from college. Bob coached the Summer Camp Champion 'Quakers' team in 2006 (pictured).

Wednesday, November 15
Ilian Evtimov- Class of 2001
Ilian Evtimov
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Ilian played at Bishop for one year before heading to Raleigh for a 4 year career at North Carolina State University, where he reached the NCAA tournament all four years and the Sweet Sixteen of "The Big Dance". Ilian now is a key player for Virtus Bologna, one of the top teams in the FIBA Europe Professional league.

Wednesday, November 15
Branden Smith- Class of 2004
Branden (44) vs. Oak Hill Academy
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Branden played at Bishop during the 2003-2004 season. He was named to the PACIS All-Conference team as well as the NCISAA All-State team. Branden also made the All-tournament team at the prestigious Kreull Classic Holiday basketball tournament in Coral Springs, Florida. Branden went on to receive a basketball scholarship to Radford University in Virginia.

Wednesday, November 15
Modestas Riauka- Class of 2004
Modestas played one year for the Villains, then went on to play at Southern New Hampshire University.

Wednesday, November 15
LJ Hunter- Class of 2004
LJ in action at the Kreull Classic
LJ played one year for the Villains, then went on to play at Southern New Hampshire University. LJ currently lives with and plays on the same team as Modestas Riauka, also a former Villain.

Wednesday, November 15
Martiese Morones- Class of 2005
Martiese Morones- '05
Martiese started for one year for the Villains and led the team to the NCISAA Final Four, before heading to prep school for a year at Millersburg Military Institute in Kentucky. From there, he received a scholarship to Texas Christian University where he currently plays.

Wednesday, November 15
Montez Downey- Class of 2005
Montez Downey
Montez Downey- '05
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Montez played for the Villains during his senior season, leading the team in scoring and breaking into the top five for single season scoring in the history of the school (see 'Villains History' page). After spending one year focusing on academics at Miami Dade Junior College in Florida, Montez went on to receive a scholarship to play at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.