NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Pretty soon Junction City two-sport star Jamario Bell will take his basketball jersey off and put his football one back on – albeit he'll keep the same mentality.
It's all about being tough and being physical for the Arkansas 2015 gridiron pledge, who has been playing AAU basketball this summer with the Arkansas Wings Elite and is finishing up that spring and summer circuit with the Nike Peach Jam this week.
“It's all about going out and giving my team some toughness and physicality and playing hard,” Bell said Friday. “That's my attitude with both sports.”
The Wings are 3-1 in pool play so far after losing to the New York Lightning 63-47 early Friday, but bouncing back to down Team Penny 90-88 on Friday night.
Malik Monk had a team-high 40 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists in the win while Bell chipped in 6 points and a team-high 11 rebounds in the win.
“The chemistry with our guys has been great because we have been playing together two or three years now,” Bell said. “We really know each other, know our weaknesses and know our strengths are.”
The Wings will meet the Texas Titans – also 3-1 in pool play – at noon EST on Saturday with the winner advancing to the championship round of the Peach Jam and the loser likely out of luck.
Bell has not been able to make it to Fayetteville this summer because of basketball, but has stayed in contact with new Arkansas defensive line coach Rory Segrest.
“I've just been too busy with basketball and haven't had a chance to get up there,” Bell said. “Coach Segrest is a good guy. He is real laid back and he knows his stuff.”
Bell, who had expects Arkansas to be better than 4-8 this season as the Razorbacks were in 2013.
“I think they are going to be a lot better this year,” Bell said. “They are starting to get better guys in and they are getting their system in and I think we will see the different this season.”
Bell will get a short break after this weekend's tournament is over before he has to hit the football field to begin his final season of high school fall practice.
“I'm done, going home, going to finish my weight program and get a little rest,” Bell said.
Bell Supplies The Toughness in Two Sports
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