Tigers, Ducks Finalists For Jordan Bell

Jordan Bell, a basketball prospect from California, comments on his official visit to Auburn.

Long Beach, Calif.--Jordan Bell, a six-foot-seven forward from Long Beach Poly High, said that he will choose from either Auburn or Oregon and will announce the decision on Tuesday at his high school.

A three-star prospect, Bell made the cross-country trip to Auburn with his mother and stepfather over the weekend and said he was impressed with his visit. He noted they liked Auburn, too.

"The visit went good, I hung out with the players a lot and they are really cool," he said. "I shouldn't have a problem playing with them if I decide to come to Auburn.

"The atmosphere is great, it is a real family community and it is nice overall," he added. "I went to the football game--that wasn't too good. I hung out with the players and went to a couple of parties."

Commenting on the Auburn players, he said, "They are all friendly. They are cool with each other. They act like brothers."

The forward noted that something that stands out about Auburn is its excellent facilities for basketball, which is also the case with Oregon.

Bell said distance from home is not an issue and is not factoring that into his college choice. Asked what will be the main factor for his choice, he said, "Style of play and how I see myself fitting into the team--going in there and getting some minutes."

He noted both the Tigers and Ducks have an up-tempo style, which is the way he likes to play. He said that his strength as a basketball player is as a "dirty guy" who likes to block shots, set picks, rebound and do the "jobs that nobody really wants to do."

He added, "I want to be a difference-maker by taking away points by blocking a shot or stopping them from coming into the lane."

As a junior the forward said he averaged 8.7 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks per game playing power forward and center at Poly, one of the top teams in southern California. "It is our big goal to win state this year," he said. "We haven't done it in a long time. The last three years we have been getting to the semi-finals and losing by one, two--a couple of points."

Bell said that either the Tigers and Ducks would both good choices for him. He plans to have a decision by Tuesday at announce it at his school where several athletes in different sports are planning to make public commitments.

"This decision is hard," he said, noting that when he came to Auburn that Oregon was definitely his leader, but said it is now a "dead heat."

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