Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ben Brinks

Ben Brinks ’18 is in the biggest role of his basketball career this season with the Trinity Christian College Trolls.  As the season is hitting the home stretch, Ben is a major piece in the Trolls’ frontcourt.  The 6’ 8” center has embraced his role off the bench and has become a major factor in the Trolls’ defense.  

For the season, Ben is averaging 4.0 rebounds per game, along with one block per contest.  Overall his playing time has doubled from the 2015-16 season and he has been a factor in each contest. Ben had one of the best games of his season in an exhibition contest with NCAA Division I opponent Valparaiso University (IN). He scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the Trolls’ near upset.  Ben has made a great impact on the men’s basketball program as a whole as he holds himself accountable on the court in games and in practices and strives for excellence in all he does.

While Ben’s on-court performance continues to improve, he has performed at a very high level in the classroom since he stepped foot on Trinity’s campus in 2014. Ben, a mathematics major with minors in both computer science and coaching, holds a 3.894 GPA. He was a candidate for Trinity’s prestigious Founders Scholarship, received 2015-2016 CCAC Scholar Athlete recognition, and was named to the Athletics Department High Honor Roll.  

Get to know Ben better

Where is your hometown?  Jamestown, Michigan

Why did you choose Trinity?  I chose Trinity because I wanted to play basketball and because of all the advantages it has with being close to Chicago.

What is your favorite part about Trinity?  The friends that I have made while being here.

What is your favorite athletics memory as a Troll?  My favorite athletics memory is when the team got to go to California over Thanksgiving and play in a tournament out there.

What do you plan on doing after graduation?  Getting a job as an actuary and start saving up for a hunting trip to New Zealand.  

Do you have any pre-game rituals?  Playing Mario Kart after our morning shoot around before the game.

Who was your childhood sports hero?  Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan