According to lmulions.com, Jordan Bell, a 6’8” 235-pound PF with guard skills has signed to join the Lions in the fall.
A 2016 Graduate of Inglewood High School, Bell averaged 20 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks as a senior. He was named team most valuable player and racked up first team all-league, first team all-area, second-team All-CIF and second team all-state honors during his prep career.
In 2016-17, Bell played his freshman season at NCAA Division I Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. During his freshman season with the Demons, Bell played in 26 games off the bench, averaging 4.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He set a personal best in January against Southeastern Louisiana, going 7-for-13 including two 3-pointers for 18 points along with grabbing a dozen rebounds.
Bell decided to transfer after his freshman year and committed to Cal State Northridge, but they didn’t have any room for him. So he transferred to Compton College, where he redshirted his sophomore year in order to have three years of eligibility at Northridge. He signed in the fall of his sophomore year with Northridge. At the time, then-coach Reggie Theus had this to say about Bell:
“He can stretch the floor, he’s a good shooter and he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and score around the basket. Jordan is somebody I would’ve loved to have added to the team last year when we recruited Terrell [Gomez] but I’m happy to finally have him join the Matador family.”
When Northridge fired Reggie Theus at the end of the last season, Bell asked for and received his release. He reopened his recruiting and chose to come play for the Lions for the next three years.
Bell, a left-hander, is described as having a combination of size and offensive versatility that allow him to be a mismatch problem for opponents. He is able to shoot the ball from the perimeter, which enables him to take advantage of slower defenders off the dribble, and he is an aggressive rebounder. He’s just the kind of big, physical inside presence LMU needs to go with Mattias Markusson.
Not much footage on him from Northwestern, but here’s a nice fast break dunk in the CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs against Alemany two years ago:
Here’s a longer version of the game, where you can see a little more of his play. He’s #5 in green and it’s a bit hard to see his number:
Also from two years ago, here are the game highlights against Redondo Union (by the way, #0 on Redondo is Ryse Williams):
Welcome home Jordan! We can’t wait to see you play!