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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga men’s basketball announced the addition of point guard Keegan Bell on Monday by Head Coach John Shulman. Bell is transferring from Vanderbilt and will be eligible as a sophomore in the 2009-10 season.
“Keegan is just a great young man,” said Shulman. “I love scoring point guards and that is a great description of Keegan. He is a high-major talent who can distribute, score and create. He has been very well coached by his Dad (Dan) in high school and Kevin Stallings.
“I’m not sure who it will be harder on next year while he sits out, Keegan or me,” smiled Shulman. “He is going to have a great career here.”
Bell, 6’1” native of Hazel Green, Ala., was a highly sought after high school recruit. He signed with Vanderbilt over the likes of Georgia, Ole Miss and LSU among others. In his freshman season, Bell played in all 34 contests as a reserve averaging 2.7 points and 2.8 assists in 13.5 minutes per game.
Keegan scored a season-high 12 points, hitting four three-pointers, in December overtime win at DePaul. He made two important threes in scoring eight points to key the January home win over UMass. Coming out of high school, he was listed among the nation’s top 25 point guards by Rivals and Scout.com; respectively, and No. 115 overall by HoopScoop.
Bell joins a recruiting class that includes high school guards Jasper Williams and Ricky Taylor, along with junior college wing Ty Patterson. Add in December transfer Chris Early (Oklahoma), and the future looks bright for the Mocs.
“This class puts us in position to have one of the best backcourts in the SoCon for years to come,” added Shulman. “Chattanooga has a rich history of guards in Willie White, Gerald Wilkins, Tim Brooks and Chad Copeland, just to name a few. This group has the potential to not only add to that tradition, but to write their own legacies.”