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A Duckling Profile: Jordan Bell the Bug Zapper

One might believe that dark days lie ahead for the Oregon Men’s basketball team. This off-season has been unlike any other for Coach Dana Altman as several key players have been removed from the team, others are transferring and a few graduate in June. So instead of adding new pieces to the puzzle during this spring, the Ducks keep losing them. However, all is not lost. In addition to the other studs that Coach Altman recruited for the upcoming season, there is one standout from the 2013 recruiting class that retains freshman standing – Jordan Bell.

Haven’t heard of him? Well if you lived in California and followed high school basketball a year ago then you would have. Young Jordan Bell was blocking your brother’s shots, your son’s shots and whoever else’s shot dared approach his rim. Jordan Bell was renowned in his home state and nationally for being one the most prolific shot blockers in the country and now luckily for Duck fans, he’s on our side.

The 6’7″ 190lb freshman played his high school ball at Long Beach Poly in Long Beach, California. At an institution such as Long Beach Poly, Jordan Bell’s ability was sure to be discovered as they are a storied athletic powerhouse. Not only have they sent more athletes to the NFL than any other high school in the nation, but in 2005 Sports Illustrated  named Long Beach Poly as the Sports School of the Century! So Jordan Bell stepped into the spotlight as soon as he enrolled in high school.

Although celebrities like Cameron Diaz and Snoop Doggy Dogg carried their backpacks down the same hallways, Bell was not to be outdone.  As a junior Bell only averaged eight points and nine rebounds-per-game but recruiters still  began to take notice of his whopping, menacing five block average. Bell’s freakish athleticism, combined with his long frame and impeccable timing allowed him to send shots away from the rim as if he were a 6’7″ bug zapper.

The following year, Bell’s blocking average improved only slightly but his pedestrian scoring increased to 14. Although Bell’s offensive game was (and still is) seen as raw, recruiters were more enamored by his terrifying defense. Bell showcased the ability to guard all five positions at the high school level and Duck fans are drooling over the possibility of that ‘uncoachable’ skill transitioning into college.

During this same year, the four-star Bell was rated a top 100 player nationally. In addition he was named to the Basketball Recruiting Class of 2013 Honor Rol  along with future NBA draftees Tyler Ennis and Joel Embiid. By the end of his senior year Jordan Bell, with the help of fellow standout Kameron Chatman, led the Jackrabbits to a 28-4 record.

Of course Bell was receiving letters from around the country. Kansas State and Connecticut were particularly interested in him, but actually ended up over-recruiting for the four position. Bell then narrowed his choices to just Auburn and Oregon. Having already lost PLENTY to Auburn in recent years, the Ducks could not afford to give the Aubie anyone else. Ergo Coach Altman intensified his efforts, made the trip south and landed the human bug zapper.

Another reason Altman pursued Bell so intensely was because his signing increased the chances of landing Chatman the following year. Chatman saw Bell as a “big brother” figure, so Bell could be used as leverage against other schools seeking the talents of his fellow baller. (Unfortunately, after narrowing it down to just two schools, Chatman chose Michigan over Oregon.) Unlike his friend, Bell ultimately decided on Oregon because he liked how “Altman turned the whole program around and… the way they run their offense.”

Like other national hoop standouts, Jordan Bell’s illustrious high school career continued past the regular season. He went on to compete in the infamous High School Slam Dunk Contest where previous contestants included Kobe Bryant and Lebron James. Although he didn’t win, Bell still managed to dunk over four fans at once  This feat actually pales in comparison to the time he literally broke a rim on an in-game windmill throw down.

Bell also ran the AAU circuit under coach Imhotep, who touted him as “an absolute stud of an athlete with a big time motor.” Well Oregon loves athletes and hard workers, so if Bell is the same as he was in 2013 then Eugene’s in for a treat.

Now here’s where it gets tricky. The bug zapper could block shots all day, but he couldn’t seem to get his SAT score up. Until Bell’s SAT scores were sufficient he would be labeled academically ineligible and thus unable to compete for the Ducks. Of course Bell is responsible for his own low test scores, but some could point the finger at Long Beach Poly. Their institution is known for its athletic prowess, but not so much for ethical behavior or academic achievement. In fact, Bell’s high school coach Sharrief Metoyer was suspended the following year for the entire season due to his playing of ineligible players. So although it was Bell’s duty to get his academics straightened up, there was little help along the way.

At the start of the season doubts about Bell’s eligibility were beginning to appear. Few fans knew the situation and what was being done about it. Not even long time Duck journalist Rob Moseley was reporting on the issue. There were rumors that Bell, instead of attending the University of Oregon at some point, would be transferring to a junior college or even continuing his high school career at a prep school. Then, in early December, after rigorous study Bell earned his satisfactory SAT mark. Finally after a long and confusing amount of time, Bell was cleared to play.

Though Bell could have begun his college career about half-way through this season, with the Ducks undefeated at that point and the offense being so intricate, he and Coach Altman decided that redshirting would be best. This leaves the bug zapper with four more years under Altman’s tutelage. Look for Jordan Bell to surprise some fans this next season with a defensive force not seen in Eugene in a decade. Bell will block your shot, grab the board, dribble the floor and finish high above the rim. His offensive skills are still developing so once it all comes together Bell may be the missing piece to the championship puzzle.

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Oregon Ducks Bulking Up The Defense

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Are you sick and tired of the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team’s anemic defense? University of Oregon head coach Dana Altman just might have a concoction that will remedy this deficiency next year.

Altman is bringing in two players and will likely give playing time to one current player who can provide the necessary size, athleticism and defensive intensity to wreak havoc and shut down opposing players and teams.

Michael Chandler:

Chandler is a 6-foot-10, 225 point center.  ESPN described Chandler in 2011 as “a true center who clogs the lane on the defensive end of the floor.” “Chandler is a good area shot blocker and rebounder on both ends of the floor.”

Chandler reneged on his commitment to both Louisville and Xavier before attending the University of Central Florida. However, he was deemed academically ineligible in 2011 and decided to transfer to NW Florida State. He may not be a sure thing, but if he can get his head on straight, Chandler could really fill a need for this Ducks team that ranks 134th in the nation in opponent rebounding despite being a top 20 team in offensive efficiency.

Photo by 247Sports
Photo by 247Sports

Jordan Bell:

Bell is a 6-foot-7 power forward who qualified to join the UO team in early December, but is unlikely to play this year in order to save a year of eligibility. ESPN said last May, “Bell continues to impress with his high energy and awe inspiring shot blocking ability.” Though Elgin Cook has sporadically made some big time plays, UO does not currently have a serious defensive threat at the power forward position, let alone a guy who is deemed to have rare shot blocking ability according to a multitude of scouts. UO currently ranks 187th in the nation in blocks per game. ESPN also remarked regarding Bell, “He has becoming an outstanding rebounder in traffic due to his soft hands and bounce.”

Ray Kasongo:

Kasongo is described by ESPN as a good shot blocker and a good on ball defender. At 6-foot-9 he has more than enough size to match up with Pac-12 power forwards. If he can bulk up from his skinny 190 pound frame, he could become a quality defender for UO.

It’s difficult to tell who will truly make an impact at the D-1 level and who will fail to rise to the challenge, but at least there is more than a glimmer of hope that the Ducks will have a much improved defense in the coming years.

 

Recruit Jordan Bell now eligible to join Oregon men’s basketball team

Four-star recruit Jordan Bell has qualified to start practicing and playing with the Oregon men’s basketball team, according to The Oregonian.

Bell, a 6-foot-7 forward, committed to the Ducks as part of the 2013 class. He’ll have all four years of eligibility and can start practicing as soon as he arrives. While it’s unclear whether he will be redshirted this season, Bell said that he would like to play if Oregon head coach Dana Altman thinks he can make a contribution to the team.

Before he could become eligible, Bell had to work on improving his SAT scores. During that time he also worked with a trainer to remain in shape physically.

Bell is known as a defensive stopper and as a player who can effect the game through rebounding and blocking shots.

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5-star Aaron Gordon Picks Arizona Over Oregon

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Aaron Gordon (ESPN.com)
Aaron Gordon
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The Oregon Ducks were in the running for 5-star Aaron Gordon for quite some time, but the athletic power forward from San Jose, Calif. went with Pac-12 rival Arizona instead.

Gordon announced a few weeks back that he would make his decision just before the the McDonald’s All-American Game. That game will take place tonight where the nation’s elite basketball players will look to shine.

Gordon (6’8″, 210 lbs) narrowed his final list to Arizona, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky before finally making his decision today.

Gordon, good friends with current Oregon Ducks’ point guard Dominic Artis, is listed by ESPN scouting services as the No. 2 PF in the country and No. 4 player overall. Gordon would have been the second unanimous 5-star commitment of the Dana Altman era, with the first being guard Jabari Brown who later transferred to Missouri. Many believed the Artis connection and strong run by the Ducks would be enough to snag him away from the other elite schools in competition for his talents.

Oregon still features a strong recruiting class led by 6’7″ PF Jordan Bell. The Ducks currently have seven commits for the class of 2013, but will look to add one or two more key pieces before the end of recruiting. Oregon is still in the running for a few other high-profile athletes including shooting guard Keith Frazier from Dallas, Texas and power forward Derrick Griffin from Rosenberg, Texas.

Adding Godron would have been a huge step towards next season. Bell could have taken over the void left by graduating forward E.J. Singler or play a “bigger” role replacing center Tony Woods who also graduated.

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Oregon Basketball Picks Up a Commitment from 6’8 Power Forward Bell

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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.

Cal Poly’s Jordan Bell could be a potential steal for the Ducks. Photo credit: Scout.com

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.

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