By John Elambo
Trae Bell-Haynes played his high school basketball at Bill Crothers Secondary School in Unionville, Ont., where he was a team captain as a senior and led his team in scoring and assists on the way to a 36-6 record.
Bell-Haynes played four years with the Vermont Catamounts in the NCAA.
As a freshman he earned a spot in the America All-Rookie Team honours, averaging 8.8 points per game. In his junior year, Bell-Haynes was named America East Player of the Year and First-team All-Conference as he led the Catamounts to a record of 29-6 overall.
An undefeated record of 16-0 in their conference along with a 21-game winning streak allowed the school to capture its sixth America East men’s basketball title in 2017 and book a ticket in the 2017 NCAA tournament.
Bell-Haynes finished his Vermont career with 1,629 points which is good for eighth all-time in the school’s history, and fifth all-time in assists with 518.
After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Bell-Haynes signed a summer league deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.
His career then took Bell-Haynes overseas, starting with the Skyliners Frankfurt of the German Basketball Bundesliga in 2018. He eventually came back to the U.S. in 2019 to play for the NBA G League’s Wisconsin Herd, appearing in eight games.
The same year he went to the Canadian Elite Basketball League to play for the Niagara River Lions before heading back to Europe to play for the Helsinki Seagulls, where he averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game.
In 2020, he signed with Crailsheim Merlins where he’s currently playing.