It's been a while since there was any news on the recruiting front for the Oregon Ducks but that all changed today when four star power forward Jordan Bell made a verbal commitment to Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks men's basketball team. Bell chose Oregon over Auburn after visiting both schools over the last several weeks.
Bell is 6'7 and 200 lbs and is one of the best rebounders and shot blockers in the nation. He adds much needed front court depth to a team that was guard-heavy in the 2012 class. Jerry Meyer, a national scout for 247Sports had this to say (forgive the typo):
Ultra-athletic Jordan Bell (#63 247Sports/#113 247Composite) picks Oregon over Auburn as expected. Emmense upside. Undervalued nationally.— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) November 13, 2012
Bell also had offers from Connecticut, Memphis, Nevada, Texas, USC, and Washington. He is the third player to commit to the Ducks this year, though the first two, Tyrell and Tyree Robinson, do not count against the scholarship limit as they are on football scholarships.
The men's basketball team now has two scholarships left for the 2013 class, one of which is thought to be saved for Aaron Gordon, one of the best high school players in the nation. The early signing period for basketball starts tomorrow and Bell is expected to sign then.