Friday, May 8, 2009

Terrell Bell to Transfer to UGA?

Rumor has it that Terrell Bell may be considering transferring to UGA. Bell is currently going into his junior year at Virginia Tech.

Frankly, it's hard for me to get excited about the prospect. Bell would have to sit out a year, if the normal rule for Division I transfers applies. Further, the jury is still out on whether Bell can play at a high level.

Terrell Bell was considered to be a top 150 recruit when he finished high school at Stone Mountain, ranked at #144 in the nation, according to However, during his collegiate career, Bell has averaged just 2 points and 2 rebounds in his 10 minutes played per game.

Even worse, Bell's shooting percentages have been poor. He shot 33% from the field and less than 50% from the line last year. For comparison's sake, among UGA's returning players, Bell would rank dead last in shooting, next to last in free throw shooting, next to last in 3-point percentage, and right at last in rebounding (slightly ahead of Dustin Ware and Ricky McPhee).

Georgia needs a player who can create his own shot. Someone who can drive to the basket and pull up for a mid-range jumpshot, or continue and finish at the rim. If we can't find that kind of player, then we need a Terrance Woodbury-type, one who can defend well enough, shoot the three and convert at the line.

He may be a serviceable player, but with all due respect, Bell would have to show me a lot more before I would recommend that Georgia bring him in.

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