Jordan Bell didn’t know much about Kansas State before assistant basketball coach Chester Frazier flew to California to watch the four-star power forward practice on Monday. But now that he has talked with Frazier and done a little research, he likes what he has discovered about the Wildcats.
“They are pretty cool,” Bell said. “I’m definitely into them.”
Bell, who is listed at 6-foot-7 but says he is closer to 6-foot-9, said he picked up an offer from K-State over the weekend. He said it has recruited him as hard as any other school. But there are plenty of schools recruiting him.
His high school coach at Long Beach Poly, Sharrief Metoyer, said he is also considering an offer from Oregon, while Clemson watched him practice on Wednesday and Connecticut is coming out to watch him practice later this week.
The reason for that interest is simple.
“He’s known as the best shot blocker in the country,” Metoyer said. “He is an extremely good athlete, and a premier defensive player. He has the ability to guard multiple positions.”
Bell is still developing his offensive game, but Metoyer said he is skilled on fast breaks and Bell thinks his athleticism makes him a strong finisher.
“I’m a defensive player,” Bell said. “I’m a shot-blocker and I can rebound pretty well. But I can play offense, too. I like being around the rim.”
K-State thinks he would round out its 2013 recruiting class well. With perimeter players Marcus Foster, Wesley Iwundu and Alex Etherington already committed, it is hoping to land a big man with its only remaining scholarship.
Bell may be a good fit, but he said he doesn’t have any favorites at the moment or a timetable for making a commitment. Nor has he decided if or when he will make his official visits. Of course, that could quickly change if UConn offers him a scholarship.
“They are my dream school,” Bell said.
“I think he wants to sign early,” Metoyer said. “Obviously, his dream school has been UConn, but when K-State came in and showed interest, he did a lot of research and really liked K-State. Same with Oregon. Those were some of the schools he wanted to recruit him in the first place.”