By Bryce Derouin – Daily Mining Gazette
Editor's Note: This feature originally appeared in the August 23 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette.
HOUGHTON, Mich. — The Trent Bell Michigan Tech fans will see in the near future — the one relentlessly attacking the glass and chasing after every loose ball — was molded into a high-energy player during his time as a Negaunee Miner.
"In high school it started when Dan Waterman was the head coach," Bell said of his relentless drive. "If you didn't go for a loose ball, you came out of the game, so I just keep it going after having success (playing like that)."
Bell, a 6-foot-7 senior, utilized his offensive versatility — whether it was dominating in the post, taking a defender off the dribble or knocking down a 3 — to average 19.6 points, 10.7 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 1 assist per game as senior for Negaunee. Bell was runner-up for the U.P. Class ABC Player of the Year award, and was also a member of the All-U.P. Dream Team.
"I think Trent's going to be a great player for (Tech)," Waterman said after Bell scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a 79-44 win over the Calumet Copper Kings on Jan. 31. "He's just starting to scratch the surface at what he will be as a player. I think they got a steal and they got him before anyone realized how good Trent is going to be."
Along with incoming freshman Dawson Bilski, Tech head coach Kevin Luke believes Bell will have the opportunity to make an impact during the upcoming season as a part of the frontcourt rotation.
"He's going to be a surprise to a lot of people because he's a really good player," Luke said. "I'm expecting him to come in and give us good minutes in the post position… He has a great motor, great skill, unselfish and he's going to be right in there with Dawson for valuable minutes."
Bell and Bilski were two of the top talents in a solid U.P. senior class last season. Both are familiar with each other after playing together throughout the summers, and both will major in wildlife management.
"Through the recruiting process, we felt like we always had a great relationship with them," Luke said. "I'm glad to have them because they are really good U.P. performers; to have them in our program means a lot, because we try to get the best players in the U.P. every year."