Immediate Release: August 15 2005
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basketball hires former Davidson standout Ali Ton as assistant
N.Y. - Binghamton University head men's basketball coach Al Walker
has rounded out his coaching staff by adding a former Division
I standout point guard with international coaching experience.
Ali Ton, a former Davidson College all-star who has just
completed a coaching stint with the Turkish 20 & Under National
Team, will join the BU program as an assistant coach in 2005-06.
Ton, who will report to campus this week, joins associate head
coach Lawrence Brenneman and assistant coach Marlon Sears on
"Ali brings a wealth of international playing and coaching
experience to our program," Walker said. "We feel like
we can tap into a very special group of student-athletes under
his leadership and guidance. In addition, he was a great point
guard at Davidson and his ability to teach and mentor our young
guards will be invaluable for the upcoming season."
Ton was a Division I all-conference player for Davidson (N.C.),
steering the Wildcats to the 2004 Southern Conference South Division
regular-season title and graduating as the schools all-time
assists leader. At Davidson, Ton ranked among the nations
top 10 in assists twice and ranked third on the Southern Conference
career list. He was starting point guard for three of his four
collegiate seasons, accumulating 646 career assists. As a senior,
Ton dished out 7.6 assists per game to rank third in the country.
He finished his career with 222 steals to rank second all-time
at Davidson and fifth in the SoCon. He also holds the single-game
steals mark with 11, set against Tufts during the 1997-98 season.
He led Davidson to an NIT berth in 1996 as well as a SoCon tournament
title and NCAA tournament berth in 1998. Ton was a first team
all-conference selection as a senior and was given the Tommy
Peters Award as the top senior male athlete at Davidson.
Prior to his coaching career, Ton played four years of professional
basketball in his native Turkey. He started his professional
career in the first divisions Mydonose Kolej in Anakara.
After being among the leagues top 10 in assists and steals,
Ton remained in Anakara, but moved to another team, Turk Telekom.
After the team placed ninth the previous year, Ton led Turk Telekom
to the championship game of the Turkish Cup and moved on to the
semifinals in the first division. The next season, Turk Telekom
placed fourth and reached the semifinals of the Turkish Cup.
Tons final year of professional ball was spent with Galatasaray,
one of the biggest sports clubs in the world. There, he had the
opportunity to participate in the European tournaments such as
the Korac and Saporta Cups. He played against teams from numerous
countries, challenging former NBA players like David Rivers,
Keith Mister Jennings and J.R. Reid.
He coached one year at Davidson before serving as a graduate
manager at Western Carolina University last season while completing
his Master of Business Administration degree.
Binghamton University (N.Y.) hired Ali Ton as an assistant men's