6’8 Power Forward Jordan Bell, a potential recruiting coup for Dana Altman‘s squad, committed to Oregon yesterday afternoon. Bell’s commitment gives the Ducks their first major commitment of the season.
Bell, who attends Long Beach Poly in the southern California area, chose Oregon over Auburn. As a junior last season Bell averaged 8.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 4.7 blocks. Bell had three triple-doubles last season, including one game where he put up 16 points, 14 rebounds and 16 blocked shots.
ESPN and Scout rated Bell as a 3-star while 24/7 rated him as a 4-star. Bell is also rated as the 63rd best player in the 2013 recruiting class and the 7th best player in California, according to 247.com. Because of his immense potential, Bell could be a serious steal for the Ducks.
Finishing 29-3 last season, Long Beach Poly was one of the top teams in the state of California. Bell made the announcement of his college choice at an assembly at Long Beach Poly High School.
Bell is one of the top prep shot blockers in the nation and has a ton of upside as a player. At 200 lbs. Bell is still growing into his body and should figure to put on 20-30 lbs. at Oregon. While Bell is elite defensively, his offensive game is raw and undeveloped. Without a jump shot or many post moves, Bell gets most of his baskets on put-backs and layups.
Bell is a perfect fit for the Ducks program, which will highlight his athleticism in their fast-paced system. The Ducks employ the strategy that the best offense is a good defense by using a press to get turnovers and get out on the fast break. This year Oregon has also struggled rebounding the ball, which is a strength of Bell because of his long arms and quick jumping abilities.
Bell once called UConn his “dream school” but was not offered a scholarship because he hadn’t taken his college entrance exams. Bell visited Oregon during the weekend of October 26th, when Oregon defeated Colorado in football 70-14. This past weekend, Bell visited Auburn where the Tigers were shut out by Georgia 38-0. After his visit to Auburn, Bell knew he wanted to commit to the Ducks.
Oregon has also received commitments from 6-4 twin brothers Tyrell and Tyree Robinson, but their scholarships will belong to the football team. Like true freshman Arik Armstead is doing this season, the Robinson twins will join the basketball team after the season is over in January. Bell should be able to get early playing time next year for the Ducks, as they will be losing their entire frontline next season.
Tony Woods, E.J. Singler and Waverly Austin will all graduating; Along with 6th man Carlos Emory. Depending on whether his hardship waiver will go through, transfer Arsalan Kazemi could be gone next year as well.
The Ducks are an extremely young team this season, with seven freshman on the roster. Once Bell joins the Ducks, there will only be three returners on the frontline in Austin Kuemper, Ben Carter and Armstead. Altman has two more basketball scholarships available for 2013. Early signing period for recruits begins Wednesday.