It's been one heck of a sophomore season for Kentridge's Gary Bell. The 6-foot-1 point guard has put up impressive numbers and emerged as one of the top guard prospects in his class while leading his team into the 4A State Tournament. Along the way, he's even earned some scholarship offers.
Before taking on Mariner on Wednesday morning, Bell took some time to look back on his season and what it is that he does to be so successful at such a young age.
"I see myself as more of a scorer first," said Bell. "I'm a scoring kind of guard. I could work on distributing the ball a little more. I can shoot it pretty well and I can play defense."
On the season, Bell has averaged about 19 points, four assists and four rebounds a game. He's quick off the dribble, doesn't mind taking big shots and doesn't mind a tough defensive assignment.
Not surprisingly, college coaches have started to take notice. According to Bell, two schools in particular have been the most active with his recruitment.
"I've got to say that Washington and Cal are recruiting me the most," Bell said of his early recruitment. "I've heard some other schools, but none have made contact like they have."
Cal was the first to offer, but Lorenzo Romar's Huskies have also put forth a recent scholarship offer.
"They just offered me like two weeks ago," said Bell of the Huskies. "It felt really good, but it also made me want to work even harder now."
Bell doesn't think that it's any one particular thing that the Washington staff likes about him. Not surprisingly, he's quite familiar with the program having watched them while growing up and visited unofficially.
"They just like what I've been doing with my team. They think I'm a leader and like what I'm doing so far," Bell told Dawgman.com. "I'm real familiar with them growing up and watching them. I guess I've always liked Washington."
Scheduled to play with Rotary Select this spring and summer, Bell is locked in on this week's state tournament and finishing a great season in style. He says that it's way too early for him to be thinking too much about school anyway but when he does, it's going to be about relationships. "The coaches and players and their relationships," said Bell when asked what will be most important when picking a school. "Can I trust them and stuff like that."