Apparently, Pitino has been saying the the right things on the recruiting trail this week because both point guard Churchill Odia and Bell told Inside The Ville after meeting with the future Hall of Fame coach that Louisville was their favorite.
"It went very well," Bell said of the two hour meeting he had with Pitino at Brighton High School earlier this week. "We talked about everything from the school to how I would fit in with the team."
Bell, considered by TheInsiders.com as the No. 2 center prospect in west, also moved Louisville to the top of his list following the meeting.
"Louisville's one of my top choices," Bell said. "I'd say they are slightly ahead right now."
Utah, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Arizona, and UCLA comprise the rest of Bell's list. The Utes met with Pitino the same day Pitino was in the school and the Sun Devils visited on Wednesday. Arizona, Gonzaga and UCLA are coming to visit in the near future.
As for Louisville, Bell likes many factors about the Cardinals program.
"I like the coaching staff, how they've done in the past and been successful and the facilities," Bell explained. "They run basically the same sets as my high school team which makes me feel comfortable with them."
Bell said Pitino is recruiting him to play both the 'four' and 'five' positions as someone who could either face the basket from the high post and also go down and play some on the block.
He'll take the SAT for the first time on May 1 and said he's planning on visiting Louisville as soon as possible after posting his first standardized test score.
"I'm planning on taking an official visit [to Louisville] probably in June," Bell said.
Initially, Bell said that he thought Louisville had offered a scholarship, but when asked to clarify if a firm offer was currently on the table, said, "They didn't say it in those terms."
With a list comprised entirely of west coast schools, excepting Louisville, Bell said distance from home wouldn't factor into his decision.
"Location is not really a big deal to me."