Ten games into every season, Garfield Heights (Ohio) coach Sonny Johnson cuts up tape and sends it out to colleges to help his underclassmen get recruited. Most of the time, Johnson is trimming up film on guards. This year, the response he received from the film on 6-foot-9 junior power forward David Bell was as strong as he’s ever gotten.
“Nobody had seen the kid,” Johnson said. “I made highlight tapes with 10 games to go in the season. When I sent them to Illinois, Iowa and all these schools, they were going crazy about him. When I sent it to Ohio State they came up right away.”
Ohio State, which is building an impressive junior class, wasted no time with Bell. And in turn, Bell wasted little time with the Buckeyes, committing to Ohio State on Monday night.