2018-19 Season Outlook

This season begins a new era for the men’s basketball program under the leadership of new head coach Jason Hawkins. With a limited number of returning players, Hawkins is beginning anew and from the start developing the team under his vision and direction. With arduous recruiting in late summer, the Trolls have a full roster and are ready to begin the 2018-19 season.

“I am excited and looking forward to the season and to creating a culture of excellence that aids our basketball players to excel academically, athletically, spiritually and socially” commented Hawkins. “Starting this season we look to build a strong program at Trinity.”

In all Coach Hawkins has 21 players in the program of which 16 will be on the varsity roster. Only six of those team members are varsity players last year, while another three were on the junior varsity team. All five of last year’s starters are gone. To compensate for the lack of returning experience Hawkins had added a number of transfer players that will be able to step in and contribute immediately.

“We will need some time to adjust to each other and come together as a cohesive unit,” said Hawkins. “I expect to make progress through the first semester and our patience and hard work will be evident as we reach January. We will need to stay focused and continue to look ahead.”

The varsity roster has a good blend of players in every position. They are an athletic group and will be able to push the tempo of the game. With a large number of new personnel, the team will wait to see how each person develops and how they all work together. There are any number of players on the roster that will be able to contribute.

In the guard position the Trolls return two sophomores who gained valuable experience last year and will factor into the line-up this year. Terrance Lacey (Chicago, Illinois), averaged 16 minutes on the court last season and will help direct things from the point guard position. Jalyn Clark (South Holland, Illinois) also came off the bench a year ago to provide minutes. He will look to take more of a prominent role this year.

The team also brings back a familiar face in senior Myles Birgans (Bourbonnais, Illinois). Although he was not on the team last year, he played his previous two seasons at Trinity. In those season he was in the starting line-up and averaged at least 11 points per game. Other returning guards include senior Ben Andringa (South Holland, Illinois), junior Josh Olson (Kalamazoo, Michigan), and sophomore Oleksandr Dolishniy (Willow Springs, Illinois), who were members of the junior varsity team a year ago. They will serve both the varsity and junior varsity rosters this year as well.  

A pair of newcomers will join the guards to add depth to that position. Sophomore Patrick Bray (Huntsville, Alabama) comes to Trinity from Kentucky Christian University where he played his rookie season. He has the ability to score the long-range shot as well as to get to the basket. Deantre DeYoung (Plainfield, Illinois) is a junior with two years of experience at William Penn University.

The Trolls have two sophomores returning to the forward position. Josh Decker (Orland Hills, Illinois) averaged 15 minutes a game a year ago and will play a more significant role this season. Jared Jonkman (Gary, Indiana) entered a few varsity games last year and also played on the junior varsity team.

Stepping into a major role will be junior forward Joshua Shannon (Louisville, Kentucky). He sat out last season at Bethel University (KY) and played the two previous seasons at Roane State Community College (TN). With his size and strength he has the ability to help out with rebounding. The other newcomer to the forward position is Emmett Harrison (Grand Rapids, Michigan), who has junior college experience.

The team has a couple of new players and a couple of returners who will be in the post. Senior Vinko Glavan (Privlaka, Croatia) joins the team this year after playing one season at the University of West Georgia and two years at Weatherford College (TX). He adds height and size in the paint and will help the Trolls score down low. Joining him is freshman Colin Hayes (Wheatfield, Indiana), who is another strong body with size to score in the post.  

Adding depth to the post position are senior Michael Carthage (Ypsilanti, Michigan) and junior Chris Ten Dolle (Waldo, Wisconsin). These players have helped the Trolls on the junior varsity teams in the past two years and will be on both the varsity and junior varsity rosters this season.  

The Trolls will play a 29-game schedule that includes 20 conference contests. They make their season debut on October 26-27 at the Indiana University-Kokomo Classic and have their home opener on November 3 against Silver Lake College. In their opening month they play in two more weekend tournaments as they host the Troll Classic on November 9-10 and over the Thanksgiving weekend they play in a tournament at Saint Xavier University. In their early season non-conference schedule they will face NAIA preseason ranked Marian University as well as play in an exhibition game at Chicago State University on December 6.

In the CCAC schedule, Trinity will play seven of the other 13 conference school once and face six of the teams twice. Once again the conference competition will be strong with Trinity International University, Roosevelt University, and Governors State as the top three preseason favorites. The Trolls begin the conference schedule on November 14 at home against Governors State University. By the semester break they will have completed seven CCAC games. They resume league games on January 5 and will play six home games, including five Saturday contests, in the final two months of the season. The team concludes their regular season on February 16 and the CCAC Tournament runs from February 19-23.