Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team, which is off to a 2-3 start to the 2012-13 season, has announced that senior swingman Mick DiStasio (Cheverus, Maine) will serve as the team's captain this winter. Under the direction of Head Coach James Cosgrove (3nd Season), the Bantams are looking to bounce back from a 10-14 season in 2011-12 with a young but deep and talented roster. Trinity visits Western Connecticut on Wednesday, November 28 at 7 p.m.
DiStasio, the team's lone senior, is a proven scorer from inside and out who has valuable experience and has displayed exemplary leadership skills as one of the team's few veterans in pre-season. DiStasio averaged nearly 10 ppg, while recording close to a 40-percent shooting percentage and sinking just under two triples per game a year ago. Adept on both ends of the floor, DiStasio led the NESCAC in steals last season.
A host of sophomores return after playing major roles as rookies in 2011-12. Center George Papadeas (Athens, Greece) averaged six points and five rebounds off the bench last winter, and showed exciting athleticism and scoring ability down low at 6-foot-8. Alex Conaway (New Haven, Conn.) went to the foul line more than any other Bantam in his first season, and was solid on the boards as well. Jamil Ebo (Bloomfield, Conn.) showed flashes of potential after joining the squad in January last season, and looks provide a boost to the frontcourt with range out to the three-point arc. Steve Spirou (Pelham, N.H.) emerged as a valuable reserve who can could several positions and gives the squad versatility with his multitude of skills. First-years Mark Richards (Orangeburg, N.Y.) and Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will both be major factors in the Trinity frontcourt in their first seasons of competition. Richards, who missed all of his first year in Hartford with an injury a year ago, is strong down low at 6-foot-4, and Ajayi has tremendous athletic ability and unlimited potential.
On the wing, Mickel Simpson (Woburn, Mass.), a superior athlete, enjoyed a solid rookie campaign defensively, and his offensive game has developed steadily. Sophomore transfer Hart Gliedman, who came to the Bantams from Liberty, will have an immediate impact on the program with his ability to play guard or either forward spot and his wide array of skills. Fellow sophomore guards Rick Naylor (Sudbury, Vt.), who possesses a nice shooting touch, and Grady Smith (New York, N.Y.) are both hard-nosed athletes who will contribute right away, while sophomores Austin Pidoriano (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) and Josh Peter (Worcester, Mass.) add to the backcourt depth. First-year point guards Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.) and Liam Langaas (York, Maine) have competed for the starting role while complementing each other when both are on the floor, and fellow freshman Richard Conway (Berlin, Conn.) is also a viable option at the point.