Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Pac-12-bound duo nothing but consistent
By Dave Telep
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The City of Palms Classic wasn't our first time watching the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly duo of Roschon Prince and power forward Jordan Bell. These guys are headed to Southern Cal and Oregon, respectively, and I’d argue that their future college coaches know exactly what they’ll have coming to campus next season.
Jordan Bell is a 6-foot-8 bouncy power forward heading to Oregon next year.
We’ll begin with Prince. He is the typical jack-of-all trades small forward. Good at a few things; excellent at one: playing hard. Prince has all the traits of an ideal sixth man. Active on both ends of the floor, blue collar-type and rebounds well at his position. He always seemed to be involved in the play. Leave him open and he’ll make a shot and, normally, he’s not apt to force things. In short, you can trust him and he’s developed a reputation for winning.
Bell trumps Prince in natural physical ability. He tantalizes with his length and leaping ability. However, unlike Prince he harbors illusions of his game. Bell is prone to heat checks from the perimeter and this is an area where he’s never been strong. Where he affects games is in the lane. Listed at 6-foot-8 but closer to 6-6, Bell chases and erases shots (six blocks in opener) with regularity. Granted, back to the basket guys will handle him but in terms of weakside defense and shot blocking, he’s a lot like former UNC standout Danny Green. Bell can help the Ducks if he accepts who he is and plays to his strengths. Limit the jump shots and patrol the rim and he becomes a valued piece for head coach Dana Altman.
These are two guys that aren’t tracking as stars but could be stars in their respective roles. Over the last three years they’ve consistently turned in performances that identify with both their strengths and weaknesses. Against Tift County, they played exactly as expected and combined for 36 points and 15 rebounds to lead the sixth-ranked Jackrabbits to victory