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Flint Southwestern product Brandon Bell sees things a little differently than most kids his age. It's very refreshing to hear him speak about winning at the college level.
"That's the way you get looked at … by winning," Bell said. "If you average 30 and lose then they say you can't carry your team to victory. My brother was never a prolific scorer but they won." That they did.
Charlie Bell was Mateen Cleaves' running mate on the 2000 Michigan State national championship team. Wisely, Brandon takes notes from his career and approach to the game. "He's constantly telling me things and helping me out," Bell said. "We talk everyday about the aspects of life. He always keeps my confidence up no matter what."
Confidence was a big reason why Bell was able to drain a buzzer beating 3-pointer at the Big Time that helped the Michigan Mustangs knock off Mater Dei. "I knew it was going to go in," Bell said. "My team knew I wanted to shoot it. There was no other play. My team knew. We went to a weave offense. They moved out of the way and let me do my thing."
The college coach sitting next to me courtside jabbed me in the back and "see I told" even before the ball went through the net. I guess everyone kind of figured if Bell was shooting it then it was going down. They were right.
Bell once sat 20 rows back in Indianapolis watching his brother win the national title. He learned some lessons that night. "It's good to see teamwork like that going on. I'm hoping to get [to the Final Four] myself. I got my eyes set on it right now. When I'm a freshman I think [the Final Four] is going to be in St. Louis. Hopefully, I can get there."
Right now, Bell said he's got his list down to Marquette, Pittsburgh, Arizona, West Virginia, Nebraska and Butler. He does have a leader or two. "Probably Marquette and Pittsburgh. I just like their programs. Coach Crean recruited my brother at Michigan State. Both of them say I can play as a freshman. If I can get 10 or 15 minutes to show a little as a freshman then I can get more minutes as a sophomore, junior and senior. [I want to go] where I can play the most and where I can win."
Everyone on his list, minus Arizona, has offered a scholarship. He's committed to taking official visits to Marquette, Pittsburgh and Nebraska.