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Hassell makes himself available for NBA draft

5/13/2001
May 14, 2001

Trenton Hassell, the 2001 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year, has submitted his name to the National Basketball Association for the purpose of making himself eligible for the 2001 NBA draft to be conducted June 27.

Hassell will not sign with an agent, however, thereby preserving his ability to return to Austin Peay for his fourth and final year of eligibility if he so desires. The 6-5 guard/forward has until June 20 to make a decision on whether to keep his name in the draft or return to school.

When Hassell graduated Friday, he regained the year of athletic eligibility he lost as a freshman student. As a result, he technically became an undergraduate again under NCAA rules. All undergrads interested in submitting their name for the NBA Draft had to do so by Sunday.

A preseason All-America selection, Hassell averaged 21.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game in 2000-01. For the second straight season, he was the only player in the country to be ranked in his conference's top five in scoring (third), rebounding (fourth) and assists (fourth).

Projected as a first-round draft choice for the June 27 draft, Hassell is expected to attend some camps and/or individual team workouts. After those have concluded and he has gathered the other necessary information, Hassell will make his final decision where he will be playing basketball next seasonóat the professional level or at APSU.