Before this spring, the sharp-shooting Bell was just a blip in yet another talented recruiting class for the city of Memphis. However, when he joined Memphis YOMCA for Nike EYBL play and beyond, his exposure — and stock — soared.
In seemingly an instant, Bell transformed from relative unknown into a heavily sought after prospect. He is rated a 3-star recruit by Scout.
"(The recruiting process) was real confusing, real helter-skelter," Bell said. "A lot of schools were coming after me and I didn't know what to do. But these schools, they've been recruiting me the whole summer, so I just went with those six because I felt real comfortable with them."
The 6-foot-3 Bell said he plans on visiting every school on his list. He will take five officials and then unofficially visit the nearest school — likely Missouri — before deciding.
He'll start Sept. 30 with an official visit to UMass.
Bell said he has developed good relationships with the Minutemen coaching staff. He said he could see himself playing in the Atlantic-10.
"I like the way they handle their players and their style of play," Bell said. "They said when I come, if I do commit, I'll come straight in and play. I'll probably start more than likely. It just sounds like a good fit for me."
Bell also is tentatively scheduled to visit Arkansas for its "Primetime at the Palace" event Oct. 14.
As a shooter, Bell said he could thrive in the Razorbacks' up-and-down offense. As for the "40 Minutes of Hell" defense, he said he's prepared for it.
"My whole basketball career, I've been playing up-in-your-face, full-court defense," Bell said. "So I think I'm used to it."
Bell said his decision will be based on the coaching staff that can motivate him the most.
"I want to go to a school where coaches are going to let me play and push me to the best that I can be," Bell said. "I also want to go somewhere that'll be successful and go to the tournament and get looks at."