Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Defense will be Tough for Tech

Well, Georgia Tech has lost D'Andre Bell for the season, and possibly for his career. Bell was diving for a loose ball when his head collided with another teammate's leg. Bell was later diagnosed with spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spine, for which surgery will be required.

Bell was second on the team in steals, behind only post player, Jeremis Smith. Since Smith graduated last year, and Bell will not play this year, Tech is not expected to be as good defensively as last year. Bell is a strong, aggressive, perimeter player, so Tech will have to find someone else to step up, and Clinch and Shumpert are the guys who will likely have to move from a more offensive focus to concentrate on defense.

Bell may come back next year. If he does, I'm not sure how that will affect scholarship numbers for Tech. You have to pull for the young guy, and hope he makes it through his surgery with flying colors.

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