It is always good to see a local athlete continuing their college career. It’s even more interesting to see what they do after their playing days in high school and college are over.
For the lucky few in our area, they can continue to be involved in athletics even after their official playing days are over.
Trevis Bell, son of Webster County Athletic Director Matt Bell and Hopkins County Property Valuation Administration Assistant Amy Bell is fortunate enough to continue in one of these jobs. .
Trevis has lived in Madisonville his entire life and when his father accepted the job at Webster County High School, Trevis went to play high school golf and basketball for the Trojans.
Bell was one of those kids who was a golf freak in his youth. He was the Kentucky Junior Tournament champion. It was a prestigious event for high school students in the state of Kentucky. After winning the tournament, he represented the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Hurricane Cup in Sea Island, Georgia.
After graduation, Trevis continued to play golf for four years at the University of Southern Indiana. Golf has been great for Bell as not only has he been able to play at the college level with the Screaming Eagles, but he will continue to play throughout his adulthood.
People forget that playing golf is usually not a career and that you have to think about what you are going to do after graduation. For Bell, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sports management, followed by a master’s degree in the same field.
This experience has now led him to an entry level position and to work in professional sport. Bell works as an account manager with Memphis Hustle, a US professional basketball team affiliated with the NBA Memphis Grizzlies.
To understand Bell’s position, you need to understand the Memphis Hustle and be a G League team. The G League succeeds the National Basketball Development League (NBDL) which began in 2001.
In 2005, the name of the NBA minor league was changed to NBA Development League and was known as the NBA “D League”.
During the 2017-18 season, the D League entered into a partnership with Gatorade. As part of this sponsorship with Gatorade, the League moved from the D League to the “NBA G League”.
Today, the G League is the minor league program of the NBA. Major League Baseball has a fairly extensive minor league system and the NBA is starting to expand its minor league system.
Depending on how the NBA G League continues to grow, you can see this as what finally puts an end to the one-and-dones of college basketball.
The Bell team is unique in that it is based in the Memphis area and is affiliated with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bell works for a team known as the Memphis Hustle which plays at the Landers Center in South Haven, Mississippi.
South Haven is essentially a suburb of Memphis, and the Landers Center is approximately 16 miles from downtown Memphis, where the Grizzlies’ arena, the Fed Ex Forum is located.
“My office is actually in the Fed Ex Forum just at the end of Beal Street in downtown Memphis,” Bell said.
One of Bell’s duties as an Account Executive will be primarily to promote the team with ticket sales including corporate outings and suites, season ticket sales and smaller package packages. of tickets.
There are many benefits to working for the Hustle, one of which is that it opens doors to other professional sports jobs, including the NBA.
Another advantage of the job is that you meet famous players. The Grizzlies are preparing to withdraw the jersey of one of its former players, Zack Randolph.
“He was in the Fed Ex Forum offices the other day and came over and punched everyone,” Bell said. “It was very fun.”
The Memphis Hustles have other local ties to the area. They have several Murray State players including Jay Morant on the Grizzlies and Darnell Cowart and Shaq Buchanan currently on the Hustle roster.
It’s a great opportunity for Bell and it’s really great to see a local athlete make the transition to work in professional sport.
Bell’s career goals include advancing to the highest level of sports administration and becoming a sports director. Something tells me that this stop will only be the first step in a long career in athletics.