Austin Peay great extends basketball career with city's new ABA franchise

Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 8:28pm
Staff reports

Trenton Hassell’s NBA career might be over. His playing days are not.

The former Austin Peay star and Clarksville native joined the Nashville Soul for its inaugural season, the team announced this week.

Hassell played nine seasons in the NBA with four teams. Most recently, he appeared in 52 games for the New Jersey Nets in 2009-10.

Originally drafted in the second round (30th overall) by the Chicago Bulls, he averaged 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists for his career.

“We made the commitment … to assemble the best available players in Middle Tennessee to represent Nashville in the ABA,” owner John Rowe said in a release announcing the move. “We already have a roster full of great talent and now we’re adding Trenton, a proven NBA player, to the group to form what is arguably the best non-NBA roster in the country.”

Hassell was a three-time All-OVC player at Austin Peay and was named to that university’s athletics hall of fame in 2006.

The Soul is the city’s latest entry into the American Basketball Association. They will play home games in several cities throughout Middle Tennessee this fall and winter and will announce their schedule later this month.