Three-year starter in the Spartan backcourt ... An all-around player, he is looking for a breakout season ... Top-25 vote getter on the Wooden Award Preseason All-American Team ... One of 30 Preseason Candidates for the Naismith Award ... Named Preseason Second-Team All-Big Ten by Dick Vitale?s ESPN Magazine College Basketball Preview ... Selected Preseason Second-Team All-Big Ten by Athlon College Basketball Magazine ... Solid two-way performer ... Recognized for his outstanding defensive ability, often drawing the opposition?s top-scoring guard ... One of the top rebounding guards in the Big Ten and nation ... A natural shooting guard, Bell will also see time at point guard after loging minutes at the position in 1999-2000 ... Heads into the 2000-01 campaign with 42 career games of double-figure scoring, including nine contests with 20 or more points ... Started in 103-of-107 games over the past three seasons ... Enters the season ranked No. 29 on the MSU career scoring chart ... Ranks No. 10 on the MSU career three-point field goals chart (73) and No. 9 on the MSU career three-point field-goals attempted (212) ... One of only five returning players from all three media All-Big Ten teams in 2000.
1999-2000: Appeared in 39 games, starting 38 ... Earned Third-team All-Big Ten honors as selected by both the media and league coaches ... Was MSU?s No. 3 and the Big Ten?s No. 23 scorer (11.5 ppg) ... MSU?s No. 2 and the Big Ten?s No. 16 scorer in conference games (12.8 ppg) ... MSU?s leading scorer in eight games ... MSU?s No. 4 and the Big Ten?s No. 20 rebounder (4.9 rpg) ... Led the team in rebounding in three games ... Ranked 12th in the Big Ten in assists (3.13 apg) and seventh in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.61) ... Was 14th in the Big Ten in steals (1.21 spg) ... Winner of MSU?s Best Defensive Player Award ... Ranked third in the Big Ten in free-throw shooting in conference games (.840) ... Scored 20 or more points in seven games, with Michigan State winning six ... Scored a career-high 31 points against Michigan (3/4), also setting career highs with four three-point field goals and 13 field goals and tying his career bests for three-point field-goal attempts (6) and steals (4) ... Named to the All-Final Four Team, averaging 6.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists in games against Wisconsin (4/1) and Florida (4/3) ... Scored nine points, dished out five assists and grabbed eight rebounds in the NCAA Championship game versus Florida (4/3) ... Scored at least 20 points in three straight games against Kansas (21 pts., 12/7), Arizona (20 pts., 12/11) and Oakland (20 pts., 12/18), becoming the first Spartan to accomplish that feat since November 1995 ... Scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting against Ohio State (2/15) ... Recorded 20 points and seven rebounds against Illinois (1/30) ... Led the Spartans with 22 points in MSU?s overtime victory against Indiana (1/11) which gave Tom Izzo the 100th win of his career ... Reached the 1,000-point milestone with a 12-point effort against Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament (3/23) ... Forced to assume some of the point-guard duties during Mateen Cleaves? injury ... Averaged 12.6 points and 3.9 assists during Cleaves? absence ... Tallied a career-high 11 assists and 0 turnovers against Mississippi Valley State (12/28) ... Recorded eight assists against Providence (11/25) in addition to his 15 points ... Posted seven assists against Iowa (1/8) and had six assists each versus Iowa (3/10) and Illinois (3/12) ... Collected four steals each against Indiana (1/11), Connecticut (2/5) and Michigan (3/4) ... Named to the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic All-Tournament team, averaging 11 points, 2.5 rebounds and 4 assists ... Earned a spot on the Puerto Rico Shootout All-Tournament team, averaging 13.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists ... Named to the All-Great Eight team with 21 points and 4 assists against Kansas (12/7) ... Averaged 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in six NCAA Tournament games ... Tied for ninth in the nation with seven steals during the NCAA Tournament ... Ranked No. 13 with 17 assists in the NCAA Tournament ... Co-recipient of MSU?s Most Improved Player Award.
1998-99: Started 35 of the 38 games ... Ended the season averaging 7.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per contest ... Named MSU?s Outstanding Defensive Player ... Scored in double figures on nine occasions ... Team?s top board man in five games during ?98-99 including back-to-back efforts of eight rebounds against Oakland (11/17) and Temple (11/20) ... 3-for-3 from three-point range and totaled nine points against Oklahoma (3/19) in the NCAA Tournament ... Ankle injury in the first round of the NCAA Tournament against Mount St. Mary?s forced him to come off the bench against Mississippi (3/14) where he scored five points in 14 minutes ... Scored seven points and snared five rebounds (all offensive) vs. Northwestern (3/5) in the opening game of the Big Ten Tournament ... 6-of-12 from the floor and was second-best on the team with 13 points vs. Purdue (2/16) while also grabbing a team-best seven boards ... Excellent showing at Minnesota (2/13), going 6-of-10 from the field (4-of-5 from three-point range) in finishing with 18 points (second-highest total of the season), along with a team-high six boards ... Shot a season-best 83.3 percent (5-of-6) from the floor and finished second on the team in scoring with 16 points at Iowa (2/6) ... 6-of-8 from the floor and tallied 14 points vs. Ohio State (1/27) ... Came off the bench vs. Louisville (snapping a streak of 43 straight starts) and picked up eight points along with a career-high tying nine rebounds (team high) ... Picked up 14 points against Pepperdine (12/21) in the opening round of the Pearl Harbor Classic ... 5-of-7 from the floor and totaled 11 points at East Tennessee State (12/10) ... Grabbed five or more rebounds in 14 contests ... Eight points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes against Duke (12/2) ... 6-of-10 from the floor and finished with 14 points in 20 minutes against Central Florida (11/27) ... Shot 50.3 percent (73-of-145) from the floor in road/neutral games ... Tallied a season-high 26 points (22 in the first half) against Oakland (11/17), shooting 10-of-15 from the floor and leading the team with eight rebounds.
1997-98: Fine rookie campaign that saw him start all 30 of MSU?s games, tied for the second-most starts by a true freshman in school history ... Ranked third on the team in both scoring (9.2 ppg) and rebounding (4.4 rpg) ... Scored in double figures on 11 occasions ... Led the team in free throw shooting, hitting 79.3 percent (69-of-87) ... Converted 35-of-37 attempts from the charity stripe (.946) over a 10-game stretch (1/31-3/12) ... Shot 50 percent or better from the floor in 14 games and registered at least one three-point field goal in 17 contests ... MSU?s top point producer in three games ... Team?s second-leading scorer with 13 points against North Carolina (3/19) in an NCAA Tournament game ... Made his 19th birthday a memorable one when he torched Eastern Michigan (3/12) with a then career-high 22 points, hitting 7-of-12 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, in an 83-71 opening-round NCAA win ... Also grabbed nine boards (tying personal best) against EMU ... Played a season-high 35 minutes against Minnesota (2/14) and posted 12 points, second best on the club, along with a team-best nine rebounds ... Sank a season-high 8-of-15 field-goal attempts and recorded a game-high 17 points against Indiana (1/28) in an 84-66 win ... Picked up 13 points and a game-high nine boards vs. Cleveland State (12/6), marking the first time a Spartan guard had led MSU in rebounding since Eric Snow vs. Weber State in 1995 ... Led MSU in scoring with 15 points in his first collegiate contest against East Tennessee State (11/17), the first time that a true freshman had led the Spartans in scoring in a season opener since Jay Vincent vs. Central Michigan in 1977 ... Averaged 13.7 points and shot 53.8 percent from the floor (14-of-26) in MSU?s three NCAA Tournament contests.
HIGH SCHOOL: Closed out a banner high school career by finishing runner-up in voting for the state of Michigan?s 1996-97 Mr. Basketball Award ... Tabbed as a Parade Magazine All-American ... Tossed in 30.5 points and grabbed 13.8 rebounds per contest as a senior in helping his team to city (first since 1975) and conference crowns ... Team was ranked No. 1 in the state at the conclusion of the regular season ... Closed out his prep career with 2,252 points, No. 1 all-time among Flint-area players ... Member of both The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press Dream Teams as a junior and senior ... Played in Magic Johnson?s Roundball Classic at the Palace of Auburn Hills ... Captured all-city honors four straight seasons and was a three-time all-conference honoree ... Two-time Saginaw Valley Conference MVP ... Set a Flint city scoring record when he scorched Saginaw Arthur Hill for 52 points his junior season ... Averaged 32 points, 14 boards and five assists per outing during the 1995-96 season ... Ranked as the No. 8 big guard in the country by recruiting analyst Van Coleman ... Recruiting USA had him as the No. 33 player overall following his senior year ... Listed as the No. 26 player in the country by Hoop Scoop ... Played under coach Reggie Manville ... Also earned varsity letters in cross country and track.
PERSONAL: Born March 12, 1979 ... Son of Charlie and Belle Bell ... Advertising major.
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