Andy Toolson Athlete Profile

#13 Andy Toolson

Andy Toolson
Positions: Guard, Forward Height: 6-6 Weight: 215 Roster Years: 1984-1985 | 1987-1990 Hometown: Twin Falls, ID Mission: Concepcion, Chile Hall of Fame: 2001

  • 2001 Men's Basketball 




Academic All-America

  • 1990 CoSida First Team

2001 Hall of Fame Inductee

One would be hard-pressed to find a person who better represents basketball, the university, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints than Andy Toolson.

After coming to Provo in 1984 as a top high school recruit out of Twin Falls, Idaho, Andy went on to distinguish himself as one of the best basketball players ever to compete as a Cougar. He still holds BYU records for career 3-pointers made (141), most 3's in a season (74), and single-game free-throw percentage (14-14, 1.000). He ranks second for consecutive games with a 3-pointer (16), third in career 3-point percentage (.437), and 11th in career points scored (1,388).

Toolson played on two Western Athletic Conference championship teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including the 1988 team that won 17 consecutive games and achieved a No. 2 national ranking. While at BYU the 6-foot-6 guard played three seasons for Ladell Anderson (1984­85, 1987­88, and 1988­89) and one for Roger Reid (1989­90).

Andy excelled academically as well as athletically. His senior season for example, he averaged 18.3 points to help lead BYU to the 1990 WAC title and earned All-WAC Second Team honors; at the same time earned a 3.31 GPA and was named GTE Academic All-American. That year he shot 51 percent from the floor, including 49 percent on 3-point attempts, and was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District Team.

Andy began his professional career as a rookie with the Utah Jazz in 1990­91 and played parts of two other seasons with the Jazz. He also played in the CBA and overseas, with stints in Italy, Greece, and Spain. Twice he was named to the ULEB All-Star team in Europe and in 1999 he won the 3-point contest in Athens, Greece. In May, after an 11-year career, he retired as a player and returned to BYU to join Steve Cleveland's staff as an assistant basketball coach.

Toolson served an LDS mission in Concepcion, Chile, from 1985 to 1987. More recently, he has worked with Special Olympics and spoken for American Indian Services at reservations in Utah and Arizona. A popular youth speaker, he spoke to more than 40 youth groups during his junior season alone.

He earned a bachelor's degree in international relations from BYU in 1990 and a master¹s degree in social science from Syracuse in 1999. Andy married the former Holly Hill, and they are parents to Taryn, 10; Dallin, 8; Conner, 6; and Trevor, 4. The Toolsons' fifth child is due in December.

Personal

  • Born 1/19/66 in Chicago, Illinois 
  • Brother, Tom, played football for BYU  
  • Served an LDS church mission to Concepcion, Chile
  • Married Holly Hill and they have five children
  • Earned B.A. in international relations from BYU in 1990 
  • M.A. in Social Science from Syracuse in 1999.

Career Highlights

  • Selected to the All-Cougar Classic team 1989
  • Was always a threat behind the three-point arc, hitting 141 three-pointers in his career and is listed 3rd overall in three-point shots made in a single season with 74
  • Went 16 strait games with hitting a three-point shot during the 1990 season, which is tied for 3rd overall in consecutive games with a three-point shot
  • Toolson is 3rd overall in three-point percentage with .437
  • Named first team Academic All-America during his senior year
  • Finished career with 1388 points, 13th on the all-time scoring list

Before BYU

  • Was senior class president at Twin Falls High School
  • Graduated with 3.6 GPA 
  • Member of the National Honor Society Lettered in football, track and basketball in high school
  • Jumped 6-6 in state high jump
  • In basketball was selected 1st team All-State his junior and senior years
  • Chosen Idaho 1A player of the Year and Gem State Conference MVP 
  • Converse All-American selection
  • Holds Twin Falls H.S. single season, single game scoring record
  • Coached by John Astorguia (Boise State)

After BYU

  • Toolson played for the Utah Jazz during the 1990-91 season and part of another season 
  • Played overseas in Italy, Greece and Spain
  • Twice named ULEB All-Star in Europe
  • Coached at BYU under Steve Cleveland--responsibilities included recruiting, academics, offensive skill development and game preparation
  • Served an internship in Washington, D.C., for Idaho U.S. Senator James McClure
  • He has worked with Special Olympics and spoken for American Indian Services at reservations in Utah and Arizona as a popular public speaker

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Twice named ULEB All-Star in Europe
  • Won the 3-point contest in Athens, Greece in 1999
  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 2001

Stats

Year   G    FGM-FGA  FG%   3PM-3PA  3P%   FTM-FTA   FT%   R-AVE    P-AVE
84-85  29   97-193   .503  -------  ----  53-73     .726  77-2.7   247-8.5
87-88  32   64-149   .430  25-63    .397  39-53     .736  88-2.8   192-6.0
88-89  26   124-260  .477  42-109   .385  105-126   .833  171-6.6  399-15.3
89-90  30   184-351  .510  74-151   .490  108-141   .766  198-6.6  550-18.3
Totals 117  469-953  .492  141-323  .437  305-393   .776  534-4.4  1388-11.8


1984-1985 | Freshman Year

  • Third-leading scorer on the team with an 8.5 average
  • Had high game of 23 points and nine rebounds at UTEP in triple overtime loss
  • That UTEP game was the first of seven consecutive double figure scoring games to end the season
  • High rebounding game was 10 against Utah
  • Started the last few games of season because of knee injury to Scott Sinek
  • Tied game at Utah State, 83-83, with last second 24-foot shot to force an overtime

1987-1988 | Sophomore Year

  • Had 19 points vs. Montana State and nine rebounds against Hawaii in the WAC tournament
  • Started 22-of-32 games
  • Sixth leading scorer for BYU
  • Scored in double figures eight times
  • Averaged 18.8 points in BYUs five European games during the summer

1988-1989 | Junior Year

  • Selected to the All-Cougar Classic team
  • Was Academic All-WAC
  • Named WAC Player of the Week for his performance against Cal-Berkeley, New Mexico and UTEP in Provo
  • Missed three games due to a broken thumb on his left hand, suffered in the WAC opener at New Mexico
  • Returned to action with a rubberized cast for the next several games
  • Started in 26 games
  • Led team in rebounding in six games and in scoring for three games
  • Best combined performance was 25 points and 13 rebounds against Texas-Arlington in the opening round of the Cougar Classic
  • Third leading free throw shooter in the WAC
  • Second leading scorer for BYU
  • High game was 32 points against Cal.

1989-1990 | Senior Year

  • Averaged 18.3 points
  • Shot .510 from the field and .490 from three-point range
  • Scored season high 32 against Eastern Washington
  • Grabbed career high 13 rebounds against Hawaii
  • Named first team Academic All-America
  • Finished career with 1388 points, 13th on the all-time scoring list
  • Also finished with 141 three pointers which is 5th all time.