Nationally, David Bell isn't a name that rings out in the class of 2014. That didn't stop Ohio State and Thad Matta from moving quickly to lock him up.
A 6-foot-9 power forward from Cleveland (Ohio) Garfield Heights who has been playing organized basketball only for a few years, Bell was offered by the Buckeyes and wasted little time committing on Monday night.
While he is relatively unknown nationally, Bell had recently put himself on the radar with his play at January's Flying to the Hoop.
He is long, he runs the floor, and he has athleticism and a body to work with. Currently a three-star prospect, Bell had worked his way onto the watch list for the 2014 Rivals150 and impressed correspondent Cory Albertson at the FTTH.
"After missing an entire high school and AAU season last year with a foot injury, Bell has emerged with a passion in the Cleveland area this season," Corey Albertson wrote in his coverage for Rivals.com. "In his return to the court this season, Bell has become an excellent shot blocker, aided by agility, leaping ability and strength that he added during his time off. The junior isn't a great offensive player but finishes strong with dunks around the rim."