Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College men's basketball team returns no less than 11 players, including eight who averaged at least 10 minutes per contest, in 2019-20, as the Bantams look to make another push for a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) title and an NCAA Tournament bid. Under the direction of Head Coach James Cosgrove (10th Season), Trinity finished with a 17-8 record last winter, its sixth season in a row with 15 wins or more, and one game out of first place in the NESCAC. The Bantams, led by senior co-captains Kyle Padmore (Milton, Mass.) and Nick Seretta (Greenfield, Mass.) and four other seniors, have the athleticism, depth, and speed to contend for the NESCAC title. Trinity opens against Bard in the Lafrance Hospitality Tournament at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth on Friday, November 15 at 5 p.m.
Padmore and Seretta give Trinity two of the most athletic wings in the NESCAC with multiple skills at both ends of the floor. Both are superior defenders capable of shutting down the league's top scorers. Padmore averaged 9.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game last season, while Seretta added 9.2 ppg and 3.1 boards per contest. Sophomore guard Tyler Mola (Leominster, Mass.) is a sharpshooter who has made great strides from his first two to his second year while 6-foot-4 classmate Chris Dean (Henrico, Va.) has exciting offensive potential.
Junior C/F Donald Jorden Jr. (Tampa, Fla.) has emerged as one of the top low-post scorers in the Northeast, having averaged 11.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field last winter. Jorden is equally imposing on the defensive end, averaging over a block per game in 2018-19. Senior Jadakis Brooks (Elmira, N.Y.) is an athletic 6-8 F/C who can rebound, run the floor, and score from anywhere, and has played great in his final pre-season. Another 6-foot-8 senior center, Joe Saba (Rindge, N.H.), is an imposing physical presence in the middle off the bench.
Junior Colin Donovan (Westborough, Mass.), who can shoot and distribute from four positions at 6-foot-4, was one of three returning Bantams to make over 30 three-pointers last season, and made 90 percent of his free throws. Senior combo guards Joe Bell (Manchester, N.H.) and Christian Porydzy (South Glastonbury, Conn.) give Trinity two more experienced scorers in the backcourt. Porydzy is a dependable playmaker and a deadly long-range marksman, while Bell can defend either guard spot, run the offense, and score from anywhere. The pair has scored over 800 points between them in their first three seasons. Junior Darius Lue (Tampa, Fla.) is a quality defender providing even more backcourt depth.
Four first-years have the talent to make an immediate impact for the Bantams, who boast one of the deepest rosters in the Northeast. Steven Lora (North Providence, R.I.), another combo guard, is a natural scorer, while C.J. Redd (Peekskill, N.Y.) has tremendous potential as a swingman with good range. Joe Hoch, a 6-foot-2 guard, is a tough defender with offensive skills, and rookie Dana Smith (Providence, R.I.) is a promising frontcourt prospect.