2007 Intro: Keegan Bell

When Keegan Bell first took the court as an eighth-grader, he knew what everyone was saying. "He's only out there because of his father," they whispered. Well, the Bob Jones High (Ala.) junior has made his dad look like a genius.

When Keegan Bell first took the court as an eighth-grader at Bob Jones High (Ala.), he took a lot of heat.

His father, Dan, is the coach and the word spread that Bell hadn't earned his stripes and didn't deserve to be a member of the varsity squad.

The younger Bell has made his father look like a genius ever since. Although the team is struggling at 3-6, Bell is doing his best to keep the team competitive despite a lack of size on this year's squad.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior floor leader is averaging 25 points and 11 assists thus far.

Bell, who has a 3.9 GPA in the classroom, admittedly had an up-and-down summer with the Southeast Elite.

``It was wishwashy," Bell said. "I felt like I played well in Arkansas, but I'm an up and down type of point guard and my team was bigger, so we slowed it down a lot. I don't feel like people saw my whole game."

Bell's father was a former college coach at Marshall in the mid 1980s and is still Keegan's high school coach at Bob Jones.

``I love it," Keegan said. "We don't really have any problems at all. I know exactly what he expects and that makes things much easier."

Bell is a guy who can set his teammates up for easy buckets – and also knock down shots from the perimeter. He's strong and aggressive, but still needs to improve his athleticism and also his defense.

While he's focused on his high school season, Bell said that he'll likely suit up for either the Georgia Hurricanes or the Alabama Lasers next spring.

Bell moved to Alabama when he was in the third grade – and the Crimson Tide have been the most active pursuers since he took the court at Bob Jones High five years later. Bell said he's "wide open", but said that Alabama, Penn State, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Florida and Georgia are all in the mix.

``I want to go somewhere that I can go in and play right away," Bell said. "But I also want to go somewhere that fits my style of play – and somewhere that the head coach has confidence in me."


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