We are delighted here at SCACCHoops to have an interview with former Virginia Tech men's basketball player, Terrell Bell. From 2007 through 2011, Bell played small forward for the Virginia Tech men's basketball team (he also played a short time in Finland). I’m a bias Hokie, but Bell is one of my all time favorite Hokies men’s hoops players. From beginning to finish, Bell always gave it his most on the court (he was Virginia Tech’s “glue guy”). What follows is our interview with the General below – oh, and a nice video to get you started for the day.
@HokieGuru: What made you decide to become a Hokie?
@TerrellBell: The ACC is a great conference, I had the chance to play with some really good guys at tech against some of the best teams in the country.
@HokieGuru: Are you going down to Blacksburg this year for a football or men's basketball game (or games)?
@TerrellBell: It's a possibility, blacksburg is only 6 hours away from my hometown so that's a easy trip for me anyway.
@HokieGuru: On a professional basis, what are you doing today?
@TerrellBell:I'm preparing to play in the NBA Developmental league this upcoming year.
@HokieGuru: Seth Greenberg raved about your ability to be that “lunch pail guy” on the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team. You were the guy that always played outstanding defense (guarding the other team’s best scoring threat), made all the extra efforts on rebounding, and fought for all of the loose balls. You were also known for being a good mentor to other players. Any possible thoughts you might give our readers on entering the men's basketball coaching profession when you are done playing professional basketball?
@TerrellBell:I don't believe so, I love the game of basketball but I don't think coaching is for me.
@HokieGuru: Who are some of the former Hokies athletes (and always Hokies) that you keep in touch with?
@TerrellBell:A.D., Malcolm, JT, Dorenzo, Jeff, Hank Thorns, Paul Debnam and the list goes on! All good guys
@HokieGuru: Please tell our readers about some of your memorable experiences at Cassell Coliseum and in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
@TerrellBell:Beating Duke on College Gameday. It was nothing like it, Cassell Coliseum was out of control!
@HokieGuru: What is your fondest memory at Virginia Tech?
@TerrellBell:I still remember my first day moving into Cochran Hall, and meeting all my new teammates for the first time. Had a great four years
@HokieGuru: It might be too early to digest a question like this because you're a recent graduate, but how much do you think you will miss your time at Virginia Tech?
@TerrellBell:I miss it because the real world is so much tougher. At Tech I always knew my daily schedule and everything was put in place for me.
@HokieGuru: What is your prognosis for the 2012-2013 Virginia Tech Men's Basketball Hokies? What is your opinion on the coaching changes that have taken place?
@TerrellBell:It was a rebuilding year for Tech because a lot of seniors graduated my year. Seth Greenberg also did a great job but it was time to start fresh with everything. I know James Johnson will have those guys ready to play this season.
@HokieGuru: Most people thought they were getting a cupcake when Virginia Tech entered the ACC for men's hoops… they, of course, are wrong. Hokies have the 4th most victories in conference play since 2004. We're no cupcake, as many of the #1 ACC teams will tell you. To what do you attribute our success?
@TerrellBell:Tough Defense!!! That was always our mind set and it seemed to be something the team took pride in before I became a Hokie. I think that is what makes us successful in that category.
@HokieGuru: Any advice for the young men out there that read this about getting ready for college and beyond from your experiences as a men's basketball player? Was there anything that you took from your away experience on the basketball team that could help you in other areas of life?
@TerrellBell:For the young guys getting ready for college, come in with a open mind ready to work hard. My freshman year was my toughest and considered not playing anymore on several occasions. I took a lot away from Tech with me. I was much stronger mentally when I was done and got to meet a lot of great people along the way. Thanks for interview and GO HOKIES!!!
@HokieGuru: I could not have closed the interview better.