OSU Commit Dave Bell's Junior Year Highlights

By Jason Priestas on February 18, 2013 at 3:50a

When Garfield Heights' Dave Bell committed to the Buckeyes on Feb. 11, Ohio State fans quickly found out that there wasn't a whole lot out there on the guy. Most recruiting services had him unranked – some didn't even have a profile on him – and YouTube came up empty short of one clip of game highlights and a few tournament highlights.

Now, thanks to Garfield Heights' coach, Sonny Johnson, we have a proper highlight reel with this five-minute clip of his junior season.

Bell finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks in a 73-53 loss to Mentor Friday night. The Bulldogs conclude their regular season Thursday at Shaker Heights before beginning tournament play.

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Killer nuts's picture

Looks like a decent athlete that can block shot and has some skill on the offensive end. I think he has a lot of upside and can probably come in and contribute as a freshman

Smanpoint10's picture

Finally, a really athletic big man

tampa buckeye's picture

Really athletic?  He's 6'10 right? he should be dominating high school kids. 
Does have a nice hook shot but needs to get more explosive if he's going to play in the bigten.

Smanpoint10's picture

247 says 6'9, but he will probably grow to at least 6'10 by the time he gets here. He dunks it on about half the plays on his highlight reel and the other half are blocked shots. What isn't athletic with that? He also runs the floor really well

OldColumbusTown's picture

Really runs the floor well.  You have to think he's still getting used to his body after growing 4 inches, or whatever it was, in the past year/two.
I LOVE the way he can use either hand to block shots.  He's playing pretty solid positional defense, and then uses whichever hand he needs to contest the shot.  As he gains some pounds/muscle, he's going to be a beast on the defensive end.
He's still pretty raw on offense, but he has a good foundation with that half hook and turnaround jumper.  I realize this is a bit of a stretch, but I think his game looks a little like a Thomas Robinson.  I think he can develop a good mid-range stroke, and he has the athletic ability to get to the basket as well.
I like him, and think OSU plucked him before he blows up nationally.

UrbzRenewal's picture

I think the Thomas Robinson comparison is spot on frame/playing style/potential-wise. Will be interesting to see how he develops.

ColumbusBornAndRaised's picture

Would love to see him develop a jump shot out to 15 feet. Pairing him with a player like Amir Williams would help us compete with other teams that have multiple bigs.

Triv's picture

Matta has never been the type to play two true big men, so it would be interesting to see what our offense would look like if it actually contained a power forward and a center rather than a 6'7" wing man playing the 4

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Triv's picture

He looks decently thin with long arms. Could definitely add another 15-20 pounds of muscle and maintain that athleticism

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Stop kidding yourselves, we could use him RIGHT TODAY.
Amir's performance vs Wisconsin was just abysmal. 
He's got moe athletic ability than Williams and Ravenel combined (God bless em, but they just dont have the explosiveness)
To be honest, next year's team could be really good with Kameron Williams, Slam,LaQ, Marc Loving , and Craft.
I'm hearing we have a real shot at JaQuan Lyle and Matta is putting hte full court press on Jahlil Okafor. 
We'll be ok. Yesterday was just an aberration.

Smanpoint10's picture

Everybody has an off day. Didn't the final four team last year lose a couple in a row in february? I'm not saying that will happen again, but every team has bad games

buck-I.8's picture

We could use a better big, yeah, but to think that this kid could come in right now and do a better job than Amir or anyone else is idealistic.

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

It was somewhat tongue in cheek, considering Amir had zero points and zero rebounds in 10 minutes or whatever...
ANYTHING would have been better than what we got out of our big men yesterday.

Triv's picture

Bringing in Okafor would be a huge get for the 2014 class, having 2 big men come in and challenge each other will be great for the program and their development.
In regards to Lyle, I believe he was on campus for the IU game, and last Summer/Fall he placed us in his top 10, thats all I've heard on him. 
Should we land Jahlil, however, we greatly improve our chances at getting top overall PG Tyus Jones, who claims him and Okafor have gotten close throughout the process and have discussed a package deal. We are in the top group for both prospects.
Assuming we lose Deshaun, next year we will again have 10 scholarship players. Craft and Lenzelle will be seniors so that immediately would put us at 8 for 2014, so we have room for at least 5 recruits. With 3 in hand already, hopefully Thad locks down a PG and Okafor

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

Statutoryglory's picture

I like Bell a lot.  At least he's aggressive on both ends.