6'10 Bell looks for uptempo team in big conference

6'10 junior Brayden Bell led Brighton High to the Utah state semifinals as a junior and he's got some big time schools in pursuit, including Louisville.

It's been said that 6-foot-10 Brayden Bell from Brighton High in Salt Lake City, Utah, TheInsiders.com's 10th ranked junior center in the nation, is too flashy to play for the homestate Utah Utes.

By the same token, Bell's looking for a school that plays in a higher level conference than the Mountain West and according to his high school coach, Lyndon Johnson, he'll have plenty of opportunity to do just that.

Distance also won't be a factor for Bell, who averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists in leading Brighton to the Utah state semifinals.

"He wants to play at a school in a big conference," Johnson said. "He's a big kid and a good athlete who's better suited at a place like Louisville that plays an uptempo style."

According to Johnson, Louisville, Kansas, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Gonzaga and Wyoming have been pursuing his star junior the hardest.

U of L assistant Reggie Theus has already been out to see him, and he get lots of mail from the Cardinals. Johnson said Louisville is recruiting Bell as an active "five man" to play some high post and face the basket some. And that suits Bell just fine, who made 45 percent from three point range this season.

Johnson, who compared Bell to Wake Forest center Eric Williams, said there are some areas the athletic big man will work on this offseason.

"He's going to work on his toughness and playing better with his back to the basket," Johnson said.

And while Bell has no leader at present, Johnson said one school will almost certainly receive a visit.

"He'll almost certainly visit Louisville," Johnson said, indicating the trip could occur at some point this spring.

Now, though, Bell will prepare for an important AAU season with the Salt Lake Metro and he'll look to improve on an already solid reputation in the west.


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