Bell Now Has List of Favorites

Gary Bell, the 6-2 combo guard from Kentridge (Wash.) High is one of the elite prospects in the west for 2011. After getting scholarship offers over the season, he now has a list of favorites...

Kent, Wash. junior Gary Bell is one of the more promising young players in a long line of talented guards hailing from the Pacific Northwest. Recently, he updated on his recruitment.

The versatile 6-foot-2 combo-guard averaged 22.6 points per game this past season, despite the Kentridge Chargers' disappointing 14-10 record.

It went good I guess," he shared recently when asked about his season. "Individually I did well, but our team started off good but ended up not doing so well at the end."

A season-ending blow-out loss to cross-town rival Kentwood left Bell optimistic about his team's chances next season. "I think we can be pretty good next year," he said. "I think we'll have a chance to get back to the state tournament and I think I can be a strong leader."

When asked about his biggest areas of growth overall, Bell seems to have a pretty good handle on his game. "I think my passing and scoring when attacking the rim really improved this year, rather than just shooting jumpers," he said. Bell dropped 55 points in a game against Auburn-Riverside early in the season. "Scoring's a lot easier," he added. "I need to work on my point guard skills."

AAU ball is next for Bell, who will remain with Seattle Rotary this summer. "We have our first trip with Rotary in late April," added Bell, who will be joined in the Rotary backcourt by Seattle Garfield star Tony Wroten.

Recruiting is kicking into high gear as well. "I kind of like getting the attention," stated the soft-spoken Bell. "I'm enjoying the attention while it's here, but I don't really pay much attention to the internet stuff. That's my Dad's job."

Bell's recruiting stock has been on the rise for quite some time, and more and more teams are getting into the mix. "Washington, California, Gonzaga and UCLA are pretty much at the top right now," Bell remarked regarding his expanding list of interested schools. "Arizona has been contacting me and is in the picture. UCLA offered me a couple of months ago. All the schools in the Pac-10 are recruiting pretty hard."

As for picking his college destination, Bell doesn't seem to be in any hurry. "I think I'll decide after the end of the summer or early fall," he said.

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