LUFKIN KTRE- The first installment of our spring Jack Of The Week is a small in stature but big in heart young man from Dallas, Texas. Senior point guard Eric Bell stands 5' 3" and is the shortest guard in the nation at the division one level. He has help lead the Lumberjacks to an 18-6 record overall and 8-3 in the Southland Conference.
Although Bell is shortest man on the court night in and night out he doesn't let it affect his ability nor does it hinder him playing what is known as being a tall man's game.
"Strangely though I haven't seen as many post-ups as I have in the past we play great help defense and that's what has helped eliminated me getting posted up," Bell said.
When SFA Men's basketball coach recruited Bell he had a vision and a purpose, there is always a method to the madness.
"We recruited him to handle the basketball put pressure on the other team's ball handler and to break defenses down with his penetration. He does that very often and when he does it really helps us in our efforts to win ball games," Kaspar said.
Bell doesn't play the game with a chip on his shoulder he's a senior two year starter who leads by example.
"I always have to play with a certain energy because of my height coach Kaspar always tells us it starts with us as leaders if we don't go hard then it gives the other guys excuses to slack off I just want to be remembered as a great senior leader like the guys I played with the previous two years.
Bell and the Lumberjacks play the next two games on the road. They will play at Southeastern La. Saturday Feb 20th then play at Texas State Wednesday Feb 24th. Returning home next Saturday night to host A&M Corpus Christi, Eric Bell is your jack of the week.