Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Ohio State's monster 2014 class
By Joe Kaiser
Ohio State signed only one player in the class of 2012 -- Amedeo Della Valle -- but the Buckeyes already have a pair of ESPN 100 recruits signed to join the program next season and are also assembling a promising 2014 class. On Monday, they added another one.
The commitment yesterday of under-the-radar David Bell (Garfield Heights, Ohio/Garfield Heights High), a 6-foot-9 power forward who only recently arrived on the recruiting scene, could end up being a good one. He joins OSU's two ESPN 60 commits, SF Jae'Sean Tate and PF Keita Bates-Diop, in what could become a monster class.
Some might be wondering how a guy could go from not being recruiting to being pursued by much of the Big Ten, as was the case for Bell. The answer isn't as complicated as it might seem.
"Bell is a basketball novice. Last year he broke his foot and didn’t play," writes Dave Telep of ESPN Recruiting. "The year before as a freshman, he was ineligible at another school. This season he’s averaging 14.3 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game. Bell is only 16 years old."
He's young, and still has much to prove, but as you can see Bell has the size and the upside to become a key part of this class for OSU.