Noontime’s Senior Salute: Jeff Spellman (Bates College)

Undefeated Colby men's basketball defeats Bates 101-84 in Alumni
Bates College senior Jeff Spellman averaged a career-best 15.8 points per game this past winter while averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.1 steals. (PHOTO COURTESY: Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)


For the third consecutive season, Bates College senior Jeff Spellman led the Bobcats in scoring as the Boston, Massachusetts native produced 379 points in 24 contests this winter, including a career-high 36 trifectas.

Spellman and the Bobcats concluded their 2019-20 campaign with a 12-13 record, as well as a spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. Bates faced Colby College in an epic triple-overtime quarterfinal meeting, which saw Spellman net a team-high 23 points on 8 of 21 shooting to go along with four rebounds, four steals, and three assists.

Named to the All-NESCAC Second Team last month, Spellman ranked seventh in the conference in points per game (15.8), which was the highest average by any member of the Bates men’s basketball program since Brian Ellis averaged 15.9 points in 2011.

In 87 contests with the Bobcats, Spellman recorded 1,242 points to go with 359 rebounds, 233 assists, and 73 steals. He also tallied nine blocks, including a trio of swipes this season.

We recently caught up with Jeff Spellman to discuss his final season with the Bobcats, but also his future plans after he graduates later this spring.

What will you remember most about your senior year?

When thinking back on my senior year I am reminded of the commitment to growth demonstrated by every one of my teammates, most notably in the offseason. Regret in sport often spawns from a reflection upon wasted effort in one’s preparation, not a failure in the heat of competition. There is not one member of this 2019-20 team that will have any regrets from this past season.

Looking back on the 2019-20 season, what game (or games) will you will remember most? Why these particular games?

I will never forget our game against Middlebury College. Not only was this our last game of the regular season it was also potentially the last game of my classmates’ careers. Never mind the buzzer-beater by Nick Gilpin, but watching him dominate that entire game was something I won’t ever forget. And beating the tenth-ranked team in the country on the road (at that time) was a great feeling. It provided us with a special feeling going into the NESCAC quarterfinals against Colby.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for the Bates College men’s basketball team (and program) these past four years?

We often spoke of embracing the “wrench” mentality.  Long story short this program welcomes adversity with open arms, occasionally seeking it out. We had nothing given to us; everything we accomplished we fought for. That is why I love Bates basketball.

Once you officially graduate later this spring, do you plan to stay involved with the sport in some capacity? Any interest in coaching?

As of now, my plans are to continue to play basketball at the professional level. When or where that happens is up in the air but I am committed to playing this game as long as I can.

What interested you in pursuing a degree in studio art? What do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?

Art has long been an integral part of my life. Simply put, it’s what I enjoy doing most, outside of basketball. I saw no need to shy away from my passion in college and decided to make it my major.  I typically work with photography and film so I can envision myself down the road continuing to utilize both mediums for the work I plan to produce.

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