When his basketball career is looked back upon, Austin Shell will likely go down as one of the best players in Port Huron Northern history.
The 2011 Northern graduate recently concluded his senior season at Division 2 West Virginia Wesleyan.
“It was a really good experience,” Shell said. “We had a new coach this year, coach (Gary) Nottingham. When he came in her wanted to have a meeting with me and he said if I worked hard I would get to play. For the most part I did that and I played well.”
Shell spent his freshman season at Lake Superior State before transferring to St. Clair County Community College for his sophomore year.
Shell went on to transfer to West Virginia Wesleyan last season but played sparingly. This season however, he played in 29 games and started six from his forward position for the Bobcats.
He averaged five points per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He also averaged four rebounds a game while averaging 19 minutes of playing time. That was a far cry from his junior season when he played less of a role.
“I worked hard and a got a lot of playing time,” Shell said. “It was a really good experience. Coach Nottingham said I could come back next year and help with the team. I think it would be a great experience. With all the different things I have learned it would be beneficial to coaching.”
Now Shell will turn his attention to a new career outside of basketball. He will graduate with a degree in accounting and hopes to remain in school in the West Virginia Wesleyan masters program.
As he concludes his playing career, he said he has had several experiences he will always remember.
“I’ll remember all of the memories from the locker rooms and the court,” Shell said. “At Northern we had a good season my senior year but I felt like it was disappointing because we lost in the first round of districts. But I took a ton of memories from that experience because I grew up with those guys.”
“Lake Superior State taught me a lot about working harder and getting after it. I felt like I did that at SC4 and I had a great experience with coach (Dale) Vos. That hard work got me recruited here. Last year during my junior year I really grew a lot as a basketball player. “This year I put it all together. We didn’t have the greatest record but I have no regrets from this year. It was a great experience. Besides Port Huron Northern, I’ve never been closer to a group of guys on the court. We are like a family.”
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