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Jimmy Bell Jr. Signs National Letter of Intent with West Virginia

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On Monday afternoon, West Virginia commit Jimmy Bell Jr. signed his National Letter of Intent with WVU. Bell committed to the Mountaineers on Sunday night.

“Jimmy is a big man who has the ability to score and defend inside the way we weren’t able to do a year ago. He has the ability to change offenses around the rim and the ability to score the ball close,” WVU head coach Bob Huggins said. “Jimmy is a great person who will be a crowd favorite that Gabe Osabuohien was for us. He gives us an inside presence that we lacked last year.”

Bell (6-foot-10, 290 pounds) has spent this past season at Moberly Area CC in Missouri, averaging 9.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.5 blocks on 59 percent shooting. The Saginaw, MI, native spent two seasons at Saint Louis under head coach Travis Ford. Bell appeared in 50 games for the Billikens, averaging 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds on 49 percent shooting. Bell has two years of eligibility remaining.

“I’m looking forward to bringing bully ball, toughness, and winning back to Motown,” Bell told WV Sports Now. “I can’t wait to see and play in front of all of the fans. LET’S RIDE!!!”

With the commitment from Bell, West Virginia has one more scholarship to fill for the 2022-23 basketball season. WV Sports Now will keep up to date with the latest recruiting and transfer portal news during the offseason.

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Ethan Bock is pursuing his bachelor’s degree in journalism at WVU. Ethan has covered WVU men’s basketball, football and recruiting for the past two years. He is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

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