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Starks, Naylor, Ajayi and Hurd Named Captains of Men's Basketball for 2015-16

Starks, Naylor, Ajayi and Hurd Named Captains of Men's Basketball for 2015-16

Hartford, Conn. – Seniors Jaquann Starks (Hartford, Conn.), Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn. N.Y.), Andrew Hurd (Windsor, Conn.) and Rick Naylor (Sudbyry, Vt.) have been announced as the captains of the Trinity College men's basketball team for the 2015-16 season.

The Bantams, coached by James Cosgrove, are coming off a highly successful season last winter, going 23-7 and advancing to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history.

"I am excited about these guys and the leadership they will provide for our program,"  said Cosgrove.  "Each of them has played a major role in the recent success of our program, including our run to the Elite Eight last season, and we should be poised to build on those achievements in their senior year."

Starks, a 5-9 guard, started 27 games as a junior, including each of the final nine contests. He averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game and was second in the conference in free-throw percentage, shooting just over 89 percent from the charity stripe. Starks earned All-NESCAC First Team distinction and was named to the All-Northeast Region Fourth Team and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England All-Star Third Team.

Ajayi, a 6-6 slashing forward, started 29 games in the front court for Trinity last year. He averaged more than 10 points per game for the second year in a row, while recording three double-doubles. Ajayi wreaked havoc on the defensive end, registering a team-best 1.6 steals per game, as he had three or more steals in a game nine times in 2014-15. He ended the season with two of the strongest games of his career, highlighted by a 16-point, 14-rebound performance in the Sweet 16 followed by scoring a season-high 22 points in the Elite Eight at Babson.

Hurd, a 5-11 speedy guard, made an impact on and off the court for the Bantams after transferring to Trinity from Central Connecticut State last fall. He appeared in all 30 games and averaged a team-high 3.2 assists per contest. Hurd was also a force on the defense for Trinity, swarming opposing ball handlers and finishing second on the team with 1.4 steals per game. He registered three or more steals in a game eight times last season. Offensively, Hurd shot just under 31 percent from beyond the arc and scored in double figures five times during the year.

Naylor, a 6-3 swing player, emerged midway through last season as a scoring threat for Trinity. He appeared in all 30 games for the Bantams and ranked second on the squad in three-pointers made behind Starks. Naylor scored in double figures five times during the season, including a streak three straight games down the stretch of the regular season in early February. Arguably his strongest performance of the season came in a 65-61 road win over in-state rival Wesleyan, as he scored 17 points on five of six shooting three-point range.