By Joe Henricksen
Bradley was able to tap into Chicago area recruiting as first-year coach Geno Ford secured a commitment from Oak Park's Ka'Darryl Bell, a highly-athletic point guard.
"Basically, they sat me down and showed me what they envisioned for me," says Bell. "They needed a point guard, wanted a point guard in my class and believe that I can come in and play right away. I liked the campus, the coaches, the school and the players."
The 6-0 Bell brings athleticism and very good upper body strength to the backcourt as he continues to improve his point guard skills and ability to run a team in the halfcourt. Bell, among the top 20 prospects in the Hoops Report's Class of 2012 player rankings, is strong and explosive to the basket. He's at his best in the open court and getting to the rim, while his perimeter jumper is a work in progress. Plus, he is a very capable defender with his combination of length, strength and quickness.
Bell averaged 15 points a game and was an all-conference selection in the West Suburban Silver as a junior.
The Bradley program has just one Chicago area player, former Julian star Walter Lemon, who had a solid freshman campaign last season. Bell will add more athleticism and another Chicago area tie as Bradley looks to enhance their recruitment of players in the city and suburbs.