Monday, April 28, 2008

Keegan Bell transfers to UTC

Freshman point guard Keegan Bell, who surprised the Vanderbilt community a month ago by announcing he would be transferring after the semester was over, has decided to play at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga of the Southern Conference. Bell will be eligible to play again in the 2009-2010 season.

According to the Nashville City Paper, Bell also considered Butler, Oregon State, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

This isn't the first time UTC has claimed a Southeastern Conference guard. Stephen McDowell, who played in a limited backup role at South Carolina his first two seasons, transferred to UTC two years ago and led the team in scoring with 14.3 points per game this season in his first year of play in the Southern Conference.

The starting five for the Mocs consisted of all juniors and seniors this past season, meaning Bell could play a major role on this team in just his second year of eligibility once the 09-10 season rolls around with everyone graduating. In the meantime, Bell stated he wants to work on all aspects of his game, including becoming a more well-rounded scorer rather than just a 3-point shooter.

Bell averaged 2.7 points, 2.8 assists and 1.2 rebounds in his freshman year at Vanderbilt, playing in every game in a backup role to Jermaine Beal. His reasons for leaving mainly concerned philosophical differences with coach Kevin Stallings about his role on the team.

To read his interview about his decision to leave Vanderbilt, click here.

We wish Keegan the best of luck and congratulate him on his new school.


Anonymous said...

seems like keegan can't play for a school where he wont be the go-to player. vanderbilt and the other schools he was looking at he would have probably taken a secondary role.

Unknown said...

Good story Dave!