Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's basketball senior captain forward Shay Ajayi (Brooklyn, N.Y.) was named to the DIII News All-American Second Team and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-American Third Team. Ajayi had earlier been named as the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Player of the Year, while Bantam junior F/C Ed Ogundeko (Brooklyn, N.Y.) as the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year. Ajayi was also named to NABC All-Northeast District First Team, the D3Hoops.com All-Northeast Region First Team, the All-NESCAC First Team, and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III New England All-Star Second Team, while Ogundeko graced the All-NESCAC Second Team. Ajayi was selected for the Reese's NABC Division III College All-star Game played on Saturday, March 19 prior to the NCAA Division III Finals in Salem, Va. and scored 16 points with seven boards to help the East All-Stars to a 129-120 victory. Most recently, he was honored with a Robert R. Bartlett Award for combined excellence in athletics and campus/community/service and as the College's senior male athlete of the year (McCook Award) at the annual senior athletics banquet in May.
Trinity, coached by James Cosgrove (6th Season), finished the 2015-16 season with a 19-8 overall record and finished at the top of the NESCAC Standings with a 9-1 league mark. The Bantams qualified for the NESCAC Championship Tournament for the 14th time and defeated Colby, 71-60, in the quarterfinals before falling to Middlebury, 70-58, in the semifinals. Trinity received its ninth NCAA Tournament bid, falling, 75-73, against Johnson and Wales in the first round.
Ajayi is the third player in Trinity history to collect the award, joining Keith Wolff (1996), Colin Tabb (2002) and Tyler Rhoten (2006). He led Trinity in scoring with 13.9 ppg (12th in NESCAC) and steals with 42 (4th in NESCAC) to go with 7.3 rebounds per game (7th in NESCAC), 29 assists, and 26 blocked shots (9th in NESCAC). Ajayi shot .483 from the field (140-290), made 17 three-pointers with a .321 shooting percentage from long range, and shot .780 from the foul line (78-100) while starting all 27 games for the Bantams. He led the Bantams in scoring 12 times and rebounding eight times this season. Ajayi completes his outstanding career with 1,169 points, 714 rebounds, 108 assists, 137 steals, and 86 blocked shots in 107 games (tied College record) and 99 starts. He is sixth all-time at Trinity in rebounds, eighth in free throws made with 265, and ninth in blocks. A graduate of Medgar Evers Prep High School, Ajayi is majoring in economics and engineering at Trinity.
Ogundeko averaged 13.1 ppg (14th in NESCAC) and led the NESCAC in rebounding with 10.6 per game, and the Bantams in blocked shots with 43 (4th in NESCAC) to go with 23 assists and 17 steals. He tied for the team lead in field-goal shooting with a .519 clip (8th in NESCAC) and shot .691 from the foul line. Ogundeko provided an intimidating presence in the lane for the Bantams, who held opponents to a conference-low 38.6 percent shooting from the floor (6th in nation) and allowed just 67.3 points per game. He led the Bantams in scoring 10 times and rebounding 20 times this season. He joins Aaron Westbrooks (2008) as the only Trinity players to earn the the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year award. He is a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School and is the son of Bunmi Ogundeko.
McCook and Bartlett Award information
DIII News All-American information