Former UNCW guard Chad Tomko (’11) has had attention from professional basketball personnel around the world since his departure from the school last May. Last month, he signed his first professional deal with the Bakken Bears in Aarhus, Denmark. The team is currently in the beginning stages of its season and Tomko is already making a big impression, averaging 18.5 points per game.
The 5-10 point guard has never been shy in regards to looking for his shot. As UNCW’s third all-time leading scorer, Tomko poured in over 1,700 points in his career including 256 3-point baskets, which ranks second all-time. He is quick with the ball and is extremely crafty in getting into tiny spaces to get his shot off or set up teammates for easy buckets. His 481 assists were second all-time at the school.
Last summer he caught the eyes of his hometown team, Charlotte Bobcats, and worked out at their facilities in front of Michael Jordan, Rod Higgins and the coaching staff. Bobcats executives and personnel were impressed with Tomko’s overall skills, but didn’t add him to the roster. Tomko focused his attention overseas and grabbed the attention of the Bears, to his delight.
“I’ve never been out of the country, so it’s pretty exciting,” said Tomko on his blogsite chadtomko.com.
Tomko’s hot shooting and play making abilities are providing everything the Bears need. He is shooting 41.7 from the field and 40 percent from behind the arc. He hasn’t missed a free-throw, shooting 20-for-20, and leads the team in assists (6.0 apg) and steals (2.0 spg).
The Bears have won 11 championships since 1962, including the last two seasons. Tomko has led them to a 4-0 start this season winning by an average of 17.8 points.