David Bell has always been an enigma on the Cleveland HS scene. Attending JFK his freshman season, there were rumors about a 6’8 freshman who was academically ineligible wandering around the halls at the Senate school. Making the move to Garfield Heights for his sophomore campaign, we went to check out Bell a number of times in open gyms, showcases, and high school games, but never saw him receive considerable playing time due to a foot injury that hampered him for his entire sophomore season. Now a junior and 100% healthy, Bell is making some serious noise on both the local and national scenes.
Standing a legit 6’10 with a monster wingspan, Bell has the frame that college coaches dream of for a center at any level. He’s got a 225 pound frame that has the potential for massive growth. Right now, he’s more of a threat on the defensive end than he is offensively, utilizing his size to provide a shot-blocking presence and provide consistent rebounding. On the offensive end, Bell does the majority of his work finishing around the rim with both hands, but has shown flashes of some big time moves out of the post. At Flyin’ To The Hoop, David threw out a spin move and jump hook that have the potential to be deadly additions to his offensive arsenal. No longer an enigma, Bell has established himself as the top center in the city of Cleveland.
As far as recruiting is concerned, David holds offers from Depaul, St. Joseph’s, Cleveland State, and a variety of MAC programs. Arizona, Ohio State, Illinois, Michigan State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Iowa, Dayton, and Xavier are all showing serious interest and given his play as of late, expect many of those programs to offer in the coming future.