Report: WVU Basketball’s Jimmy Bell Giving Football a Try This Spring
WVU basketball’s Jimmy Bell is giving football a try this spring, as first reported by Mike Casazza of 247 Sports. Bell, once a football player in high school, will practice with Neal Brown’s squad for the final two weeks of spring practice. Bell would be looking to play the offensive line.
“I’m used to contact. I used to play football. I’m a big guy. I definitely have to be careful [when playing smaller guys],” Bell told the media back in November.
The following picture was sent to WV Sports Now of Bell at practice.
Bell (6-foot-10, 285 pounds) has played basketball during his four years in college so far, starting at Saint Louis and after a year in JUCO coming to WVU. Under his first season with Bob Huggins, Bell started all 34 games averaging 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Coming out of high school, Bell was a 3-star prospect, receiving a few mid-major offers. Bell took unofficial visits to Michigan and Michigan State back before he committed to playing basketball.
According to Casazza, Bell would have two years of eligibility for football. For basketball, the Michigan native has one year to go.
On the basketball side, Bell is still practicing with the team. West Virginia’s staff is hosting Syracuse transfer Jesse Edwards starting on Friday. Edwards averaged 14.5 points and 10.3 rebounds. After starting forward Tre Mitchell announced his return to the team, WVU has one scholarship spot remaining if Bell comes back for his fifth year of eligibility.