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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: First-team hoop star Adamson headed to NCAA Tournament

Ron Moshier
Sentinel Sports columnist
Posted 3/2/23

This college basketball season just keeps getting bigger and better for St. Lawrence University’s Trent Adamson (Ilion/Thomas R. Proctor).

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COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: First-team hoop star Adamson headed to NCAA Tournament


This college basketball season just keeps getting bigger and better for St. Lawrence University’s Trent Adamson (Ilion/Thomas R. Proctor).

Less than a week after scoring his 1,000th point, Adamson was helping the Saints capture their first Liberty League title since the 2009-10 season. And now, the senior captain is a first-team All-Liberty League selection preparing for a dream-come-true trip to the NCAA Division III Championships.

Adamson, the Liberty League’s Rookie of the Year as a freshman and a second-team all-league choice a year ago, scored 12 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in St. Lawrence’s 80-78 overtime win over Hobart College in last weekend’s Liberty League semifinals. The next day, he scored 12 points and the Saints earned an automatic NCAA bid with a 50-42 overtime win over RPI in the championship game.

St. Lawrence is 19-7 and has won eight straight games. The Saints travel to New Jersey on Friday to meet the University of Mary Washington (19-8) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Adamson stands 23rd on St. Lawrence’s all-time scoring list with 1,079 career points. The 6-foot-7 senior led the Liberty League in field goal percentage (56%). He is averaging 13.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game and he led the league with 36 blocks.

“Trent has gone from Liberty League Rookie of the Year to second-team all-conference to first-team all-conference, and we couldn’t be prouder of him,” said long-time St. Lawrence head coach Chris Downs. “He’s a great person, a great leader and a great captain, and we’re all excited to see how this goes from here.”

Downs also said Adamson’s presence has helped the Saints’ recruiting efforts in and around the Mohawk Valley, the coach expecting two high school seniors – West Canada Valley’s Brayden Shepardson and New Hartford’s Colton Suriano – to follow the former Proctor star’s lead to Canton next season.

Adamson joins two other NCAA Division III men’s basketball players from the area – Utica University senior Thomas Morreale (Whitesboro) and Northern Vermont-Lyndon freshman Gregory Gonyea Jr. (Dolgeville) – as post-season award winners.

Morreale, who averages 13.8 points for a Utica team that is 22-4 and playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005-06, was named to the All-Empire 8 Conference Second Team. Gonyea was named the North Atlantic Conference Rookie of the Year after averaging 12.8 points for Northern Vermont-Lyndon. He made 15 starts, averaged 15.9 points in conference play, and shot 55.4% from the field.

Frankie Policelli (New Hartford) ended Division I Stony Brook University’s regular season with his team-leading 12th double-double. The graduate student led the Seawolves with his 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-52 loss to Colonial Athletic Association leader Charleston.

LaMarqus Merchant Jr. (Utica/Utica Academy of Science), a sophomore guard at NJCAA Division II powerhouse Niagara Community College, was named to the All-Region 3 Division II First Team. His 13 points and 10 rebounds helped the nationally-ranked No. 2 Thunderwolves – 28-1 and heading to the NJCAA Nationals – rout Monroe Community College 96-72 in the Region 3 championship game. Merchant is averaging 8.3 points and 5.9 rebounds.

Dante Griffin (Utica/Notre Dame), a sophomore guard at Herkimer College, was named to the NJCAA’s All-Region 3 Division III First Team. A third-team selection a year ago, Griffin averaged 15.6 points for Herkimer (16-11) this season, and he entered the week ranked second in the country with 7.8 assists per game. He had six double-doubles and season highs of 24 points and 14 assists.

Isaiah Warmack (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) and his brother, Onondaga Community College backcourt mate Jaylen Warmack (Utica/Notre Dame), also earned NJCAA All-Region 3 honors in Division III. Isaiah averaged 22.5 points and 6.7 rebounds, made 58 three-pointers and was named to the Second Team and Jaylen averaged 22.8 points and 5.6 assists, made 39 three-pointers and was named to the Third Team.

Asa Beyah (Utica/Thomas R. Proctor) had 10 points and seven rebounds to help top-seeded Mohawk Valley Community College beat Hudson Valley Community College 80-71 in the NJCAA Region 3 Division III semifinals. Beyah and the nationally-ranked Hawks (26-3) now hope for an at-large berth in the Division III Nationals after an 89-82 loss to Fulton-Montgomery Community College snapped their 20-game winning streak.


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