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APSU basketball player to be featured in “Sports Illustrated”

November 13, 2000

Clarksville native Trenton Hassell, the only player in the country to be ranked in his conference's top five in scoring, rebounding and assists, will be featured in next week's “Sports Illustrated” preseason basketball issue.

Hassell, along with 10 other players from across the country, also makes an appearance in “Playboy” magazine's December issue as part of that publication's All-American basketball team.

Even though Hassell doesn't read “Playboy,” he says he appreciates the honor. But he deflects credit for the accomplishment. “The recognition is nice,” he said on hearing the announcement. “But I couldn't have done what I've done without my teammates. I also want to thank God. I've been blessed.”

Hassell, a 6-5, 195-pound forward, is the first Governor to earn All-America honors since Bubba Wells was named to the third-team preseason All America by “Athlon” magazine in 1996-97. Hassell is the first Governor to earn first-team honors since James “Fly” Williams” in 1973-74.

Last year Hassell led APSU in scoring, rebounding and assists for a second straight season, despite missing four games and parts of two others with a recurring ankle sprain. He's only the third APSU player since 1980 to earn back-to-back first-team All-OVC honors.
“Trenton is a versatile player,” Coach Dave Loos says. “He's deserving of being acknowledged.”