Top 20 2014 recruit Dave Bell commits to Ohio State

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The Ohio State Buckeyes landed potential filled big man Dave Bell of Garfield Heights (Ohio) earlier this week.

After missing out on a number of quality big men from recent recruitment classes, Buckeyes coach Thad Matta snapped up the as-of-yet unheralded Bell before the competition could circle.

Bell, a 6-foot-10 centre, is a-top 20 recruit from the class of 2014, and has remained under the radar due to a broken foot which kept him off the court during last summer’s AAU circuit.

“Yes, Dave committed to Ohio State today,” confirmed Garfield Heights coach Sonny Johnson, who played a big role in Bell’s recruitment.

Bell had previously only received scholarship offers from mid-major schools until coach Johnson sent highlight footage of his center’s play from the first ten games of the season to a few Big Ten schools. Bell left a strong impression with Ohio State assistant Dave Dickerson earlier in the month before coach Matta came to inspect a recent Garfield Heights training session.

“It has always been my dream to play for Ohio State. I’ve been a fan since I was younger,” said Bell who also said, “My ultimate goal is to play in the NBA.”

Coach Johnson describes Bell as being more of a defensive center at this point in his development, but Bell, averaging 17.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 4.6 blocked shots this season, comes with a ton of untapped talent.

Bell joins Keita Bates-Diop (No.28 on ESPN’s 2014 rankinsg) and Jae’Sean Tate (No.44) as part of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class to have already committed to the program.


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