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Trinity Men's Basketball Players And Squad Receive Academic Honors

Trinity Men's Basketball Players And Squad Receive Academic Honors

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College men's basketball senior Langdon Neal (Chicago, Ill.) and junior Eric Gendron (Merrimack, N.H.) have each been named to the 2017 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court, and the Bantams received a Team Academic Excellence Award from the NABC. Neal and Gendron also joined Bantam sophomore Connor Merinder (Andover, Mass.) on the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Winter All-Academic Team.  

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior and a varsity player who has maintained a cumulative g.p.a. of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.  The NABC Team Academic Excellence Award recognizes those full squads with cumulative g.p.a. of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season. Institutions in the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA must count the g.p.a. of all men's basketball student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season.  To receive NESCAC All-Academic recognition, an individual must have reached sophomore academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.  

Trinity, coached by Head Coach James Cosgrove (7th season), finished the 2016-17 season with a 16-10 overall record and tied Wesleyan for fourth place in the NESCAC with a 6-4 mark against the league. Trinity downed the Cardinals on the road, 51-49, in the NESCAC Quarterfinals, courtesy of a last-second basket by Ogundeko, before falling to Middlebury at Tufts, 76-60, in the league semifinals.

Neal, who transferred to Trinity from Division I American University prior to his junior season, led the NESCAC in steals at 2.7 per contest (10th in nation) and paced Trinity in assists with 3.2 per game (10th in NESCAC) as the Bantams' starting point guard in all 26 games of the 2016-17 season.  He averaged 7.5 ppg and four rebounds per game (3rd on team) while shooting 39.5 percent from the field and 59.3 percent from the foul line this winter. In his two-year career as a Bantams, Neal scored 294 points (5.5 per game), grabbed 146 rebounds, dished out 125 assists, and made 98 steals in 53 games and 28 starts, and his 1.8 steals-per-game average is sixth all-time in College history.  An alum of Francis W. Parker High School, Neal graduated from Trinity In May with a degree in psychology.  He is the son of Langdon and Jeanette Neal.  

Gendron led the Bantams in free-throw shooting in 2016-17, making 84 percent of his attempts (33-39, 2nd in NESCAC) while averaging 10.5 ppg (3rd on team).  He also shot 42.9 percent from the floor and 36.6 percent from long range (3rd on team) and added 65 rebounds (2.5 per game), 45 assists, 18 steals, and 12 blocked shots in 26 games and 23 starts on the wing. A two-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, Gendron graduated from Merrimack High School and is majoring in mechanical engineering at Trinity.  He is the son of Julie and Peter Gendron.

Merinder averaged 4.2 points and 3.4 rebounds per game as a forward for the Bantams and added 11 blocked shots while finishing second on the team in both field-goal shooting at 47.6 percent and free-throw shooting at 79.3 percent in 26 games at two starts.  A graduate of Andover High School, Merinder is majoring in neuroscience at Trinity. He is the son of Bjorn and Maureen Merinder.

NABC Honors Court information

NABC Team Academic Excellence award information 

NESCAC All-Academic information