1 - Jordan Bell

6-8, 225 Power Forward/Center
Oregon Junior
01/07/95 (26 yrs)
Long Beach, CA
High School
Long Beach Poly
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Bo Outlaw

Strengths: Utility player that brings unbridled energy and explosive athleticism as an undersized big man … Instincts as a shot blocker have been present at every level, has great timing, tries to keep it in play and covers a lot of space … Great nose for the ball and gets off the floor really quickly, can rebound out of his area … Has improved his body and skills greatly over his time at Oregon, his work ethic on and off the floor seems evident … Great running the open floor, can finish above the rim and has been a true rim protector … Threat to score near the basket on offensive rebounds, can finish strong jumping off of two feet … Has worked on his post footwork and is effective on up-and-under, right hook over his left shoulder … Very comfortable playing without the ball, sets good screens and willing to do work to try and open the floor for his teammates … Showed ability as a passer, makes some good reads out of the low post and very willing to get others involved … Adept in both the passing lanes and tips, did a very good job creating turnovers and had a high steal percentage … Willing to get low and brings a good effort in defending the perimeter … Is someone other teams need to be aware of around the basket, great at blocking shots from the weak side and was counted on as a last resort often on defense … His FT shooting went from barely above 50% to 70.5% as a junior … Has managed to cut down his fouls quite a bit, much more disciplined defender over time … While he is still not relied upon or asked to shoot much, showed a much improved touch and can hit jump shots close to the hoop … Shows solid hands on cutting to the basket with powerful finishes … Plays with great confidence, never was shaken by going up against bigger or stronger players, uses speed to his advantage and is very good at fronting the post … Willing to put his body on the line, consummate teammate … Conditioning has been really strong, played 28.7 mpg at a high energy level … Has gained a great deal of muscle since he has come to Oregon and also improved his skill level to go from a rotation big man to one of the better big men in the Pac-12 conference … Manages to cover a lot of space as a defender, sprints on close outs and gives maximum effort … Knows his role and does the things you want from your big man, rebounds, protects the paint and is up to the task to cover a number of different assignments on defense … Very self aware and will do whatever it takes to help his team win

Has played center at Oregon and seems to be the position in which he best translates, and at around 6’8 with a 6’11-7’0 wingspan, is very much undersized … While he definitely seems to have strength to him, can certainly stand to add weight if he wants to defend bigger, stronger players at the next level … For his rather low usage, can turn it over quite a bit, has issues when taking more than a few dribbles and can force some bad passes … Still not someone that you are confident with shooting past mid-range, seems doubtful he will ever stretch the floor much … Can at times lose focus as far as boxing out, does not always put a body on rebounders … Like most shot blockers, can also go for blocks and therefore be out of position to rebound and give up some offensive boards … Post moves can be a bit stiff and is not necessarily going to be someone you will go to on offense … Was not utilized often in the pick-and-roll, and while he has potential defending it, he still did not have a great sample size of doing so … Much better with his right hand, still struggles on the right block … His instincts as far as a roll man are still sometimes a bit delayed … Has had issues with bigger, stronger players in the post, and sometimes can get sealed when he fronts … While he shot 63.4% FG, is quite limited offensively and is not a huge threat anywhere outside of the paint, not a lot of upside as a scorer

Notes: Measured 6’8.5 (with shoes) 227 lbs with a 6’11 wingspan at the 2016 Nike Basketball Academy … Was named MVP of the 2013 BallIsLife All-American Game … Participated in the American Family Insurance High School Slam Dunk Contest … Was ranked #73 in the final Class of 2013 RSCI rankings … Qualified for University of Oregon in December of 2013, though did not start playing until the 2014-15 season … Broke the Oregon single season shot blocking record with 94 blocks (2.7 bpg) as a freshman … Earned Pac-12 All-Freshman and Pac-12 All-Defensive honors in 2014-15 …  Played great defense on National Player of the Year Frank Kaminsky in Oregon’s 72-65 loss to Wisconsin … Missed the beginning of the 2015-16 season coming off of a broken foot … Had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 steals in Oregon’s 82-68 Sweet 16 win over Duke … Averaged 10.9 ppg (63.4% FG, 70.5% FT), 8.6 rpg (2.8 orpg), 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg and 2.2 bpg in 28.7 mpg over 38 games during the 2016-17 season … Garnered 2nd Team All-Conference honors and won the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year … Led the Pac-12 in Defensive Win Shares and was 5th in the NCAA … Was 5th Nationally in Defensive Box Plus/Minus and 3rd Nationally in Box Plus/Minus for the 2016-17 season at this point in time … Was 15th Nationally in total blocks in the 2016-17 season with 83 … Shattered the Oregon career total blocks record with 229 (2.2 bpg) … Has been one of the absolute stars of the 2017 NCAA Tournament, averaging 12.5 ppg (73.3% FG, 54.5% FT), 12.5 rpg, 1.8 apg and 2.8 bpg in 30.5 mpg over four games, leading Oregon to its first Final Four appearance since their inaugural NCAA Tournament winning Tall Firs in 1939 … Lacks ideal big man size, but uses his athleticism and instincts to cover for it … His aggression as a rebounder and on defense both should give him a role as a possible back-up center, thriving in smaller, quick line-ups … Excels in transition on both ends and brings translatable skill as a rebounder and with his ability to get steals, plus his shot blocking has to be taken into account … With the NBA moving towards smaller line-ups, Bell’s value seems to be maybe as high as ever as he is low maintenance and fits well in a team concept along the lines of the defense you want brought to the table, someone who can finish lobs and a winners mentality …

Michael Visenberg 3/27/17

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