Thunder Men's Basketball
2013-2014 SEASON PREVIEW
The Thunder Men’s Basketball Program enters the 2013-14 season having to replace over 35 points a game with the loss of MIAA Player of the Year Ian Jackson and 4 time All-MIAA selection Scott Rogers. Ian Jackson was also selected as a 3rd Team All-American last year and finished his Trine career 5th overall in scoring with 1,787 total points. Rogers’ 1,393 career point total will also be missed but his influence will remain with the program as he was added to the coaching staff as the Head JV Coach for this upcoming season.
Trine returns seven players from last year’s rotation that will be heavily relied upon in terms of leadership and production. Senior Captain Todd Watkins will be expected to lead the way of a relatively young roster that will be expected to accept their new roles in order to fill the gaps from graduation. The 6’7 senior will need to provide a force in the middle by defending the paint and rebounding the basketball at a high level. He will be joined in the frontcourt by 6’4 sophomore Jared Holmquist who averaged 8.4ppg for the Thunder as a freshman. Head Coach Brooks Miller feels that the success of this year’s team will depend on how well Jared and Todd can accept the challenges of controlling the paint and improving their efficiency at both ends of the floor.
The backcourt will be anchored by last year’s MIAA assist leader junior Dustin Hall as well as sophomore guards Nick Tatu and Tarvis Malone. Tarvis and Nick are perimeter shooters that will need to prove themselves as consistent shooting threats in order for the Thunder to climb the ladder in the MIAA standings this season. Juniors Tyler Good and Jake Bagley will be expected to battle for time at the wing position both of which bring a tremendous amount of toughness and grit to a Thunder team that drastically needs to improve the way it rebounds the basketball and creates turnovers. Coach Miller believes that “Jake and Tyler bring a lot of intangibles to the table when it comes to making hustle plays by committing themselves to doing the little things that help you win basketball games.”
Also expected to contribute to the success of this year’s team includes senior Mat Johnson, junior Jordan Brady, along with freshman guards Will Dixon and Jordan Eddy.