After Scout confirmed last week that David Bell received his release from Ohio State, the center announced Thursday on Twitter that he is transferring to Jacksonville University.
Bell was a three-star recruit coming out of Garfield Heights High School in Cleveland and was a member of OSU’s 2014 recruiting class. The big man redshirted his freshman season at Ohio State before seeing minimal playing time over the next two years. Playing behind Trevor Thompson as a redshirt freshman for the 2015-16 campaign, Bell played in 23 of the team’s 35 games off the bench, averaging 1.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 5.5 minutes per contest. This past season the 6-9, 225-pounder was the backup to both Thompson and then-freshman Micah Potter. Bell played in 15 of the club’s 32 games, averaging 1.3 points and 1.9 boards in 6.1 minutes per outing.
Being a redshirt sophomore this past season, Bell has two years of eligibility remaining. Per NCAA transfer rules, though, he will likely have to sit out next season.
Bell becomes the second center to leave the OSU program this offseason. Thompson, who was a junior this past season, declared for the upcoming NBA draft. With Bell and Thompson out of the picture, that leaves Potter and incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson out of Westerville (Ohio) South as the only two centers on OSU’s roster.
Jacksonville, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, finished with a 17-16 overall record and a 5-9 mark in league play this past season.
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