As a sophomore at Kentridge High, Gary Bell experienced a breakout season and earned himself early scholarship offers from division one schools. However, that breakout season hadn't yet translated to big performances at national grassroots events while playing with a Seattle Rotary Select squad that has been up and down.
While Rotary was mostly down at this week's Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., Bell experienced a bit of a breakout as the 6-foot-1 point guard performed very well in front of college coaches.
"I think I had more opportunities," said Bell. "Me and Tone (Tony Wroten) are kind of switching on and off the point now. Also, the coaches told me to stay more aggressive so I can get more coaches looking at me."
Precisely because of that more aggressive approach, Bell had coaches from coast to coast scrambling for more info on the 2011 prospect. Not surprisingly, he thought he experience was a bit nerve wracking.
"It's kind of different," said Bell of playing in gyms lined from end to end with college coaches. "This is my first time really playing in front of all of those coaches. It does make you nervous, but I just try to play my usual game."
When pressed to describe his usual game, Bell mentioned that he's a scoring point guard who really likes to play pressure defense. Comfortable running an offense or sliding off the ball to maximize his ability as a scorer. He's got a knack for drawing trips to the free throw line and a well developed mid range game to go along with outstanding quickness and toughness.
Not surprisingly, the recruiting process has really picked up of late.
Being a local kid, Bell has already felt some pressure to don the purple and gold of the hometown Huskies. He appreciates the attention, but says that he'll take his time with things.
"I tell everybody that I want to wait," Bell told Dawgman.com "Everybody tells me to go to U-Dub because they want to see me play. My relationship with Washington is cool. All of the coaches there, I've got a real good relationship with them all."
Now that he's starting to make more of a splash, Bell hopes he can continue rolling into the second session of the July evaluation period. As for a college decision, it looks to be a ways off.
"I think that I'll take my time with it," said Bell. "It will probably be sometime before my senior until I commit."