Bell Looking To Finish Summer Strong

Gary Bell is rapidly emerging as one of the top guards on the West Coast in the class of 2011. Cal was among a handful of programs that got in on him early.

It took a little while, but Gary Bell has found his summer groove. After getting off to a somewhat slow start with Seattle Rotary Select during the spring, the 6-foot-1 junior point guard from Kent (Wash.) Kentridge found his stride during the first half of July.

It just so happened that he did so with hordes of coaches watching on. Now, it's time to take the momentum he gained during early July into the second part of the all important evaluation period.

"That's a lot more of the real Gary Bell right there," said Bell of his early July play. "Getting to the rim, defending, all of that."

With his athletic frame, quickness and ability to score off of the dribble, Bell is a scoring guard who can play off the ball if needed. While his scoring ability is impressive, it's his ability to stay in front of and stick to opponents on the defensive end that really sets him apart from other guards in the class of 2011.

"Defense is really important," said Bell. "My dad always preaches about the importance of defense so I try to play hard on defense."

Now that he's played a few events under the watchful eyes of college coaches, Bell thinks he's got the right mindset.

"In the beginning, seeing all of the coaches, it made me nervous," Bell told Cal Sports Digest. "But, once the ball goes up you get over it and you enjoy it."

According to Bell, Mike Montgomery's staff at California was one of the first to offer him a scholarship.

"Washington, California and Gonzaga have been there with offers," said Bell. "I'm also hearing from schools like Miami, Florida, Florida State, Arizona, Arizona State and some others."

Even though he's got good scholarship offers on the table, Bell is in no rush. He's still got two years of high school left and doesn't plan on sitting down with his family and deciding until at least after next summer. When the time comes, being in early could help a program.

"Being early is good and could help out down the road," said Bell. "Right now, I've just got a lot of options and we're not in a hurry to narrow anything down."


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