Bell Tolls for Floor Leader

Despite recent interest from a pair of ACC powers, Keegan Bell opted to end his recruitment. The 6-foot-1 junior floor leader will remain in SEC country.

The second time Keegan Bell made the 4 ½-hour trip, he knew it was the right place.

Bell, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound junior guard at Bob Jones High (Ala.), committed to Georgia while on his second unofficial visit to the Athens school this past weekend.

``I fell in love with the coaches," Bell said. "They are such good, classy guys."

Bell, who had also taken a trip to Athens for the Bulldogs loss to Florida a few weeks ago, also garnered interest from Alabama, Oklahoma, Illinois, Vanderbilt and Penn State.

He also said that Duke and North Carolina had started to show interest recently.

``It was just one of those things where Georgia felt right," Bell said. "It would have been cool to go somewhere like Duke or North Carolina, but I really believe in Coach (Dennis) Felton – and I feel like he has a lot of confidence in me."

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.

Bell is having an impressive junior campaign. He is coming off a 31-point performance in an 88-76 loss to Decatur on Friday night in which Bulldogs assistant coach Desmond Oliver was in attendance and also had 27 in a victory over Grissom last week.

Bell, who has a 3.9 GPA in the classroom, admittedly had an up-and-down summer with the Southeast Elite. He is debating about whether to play for the Georgia Hurricanes or the Alabama Lasers next spring and summer.

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.

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