No. 5 prospect Kierstan Bell commits to Ohio State
Folks in and around Ohio already call her She-Bron. Soon basketball fans around the country will call Kierstan Bell a Buckeye.
Bell, a 6-foot-1 guard at McKinley (Canton, Ohio) and the No. 5 prospect in the espnW Super 60 for the 2019 class, on Saturday committed to Ohio State.
"I'm truly honored and blessed to announce that I am committed to The Ohio State University," Bell posted on Twitter.
The reigning Gatorade player of the year in Ohio averaged 33.4 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 5.1 steals and 1.3 blocks per game last season as a junior.
"They compare her [to LeBron] just because of the strength and the quickness," McKinley coach Pam Davis said. "She finishes so strong at the rim that even the refs don't call normal bumps, if you will, when she goes to the basket."
King James himself dropped by to see Bell play last season, and she didn't disappoint. Bell had 38 points, eight rebounds and five steals in a 69-57 win over rival Massillon Jackson.
Bell, who already holds the McKinley records for points in a game (53), season (833) and career (2,104), has another season of high school before making the leap to college.
Bell is the third player from the 2019 class to choose Ohio State. Previously, point guard Rikki Harris, the No. 24 prospect in the country; and guard Jacy Sheldon, the No. 46 prospect, committed to the Buckeyes. The early signing period for high school seniors opens Nov. 14.
Kevin McGuff and the Buckeyes went 28-7 in 2017-18 and were a No. 3 seed in the NCAA tournament before falling in the second round to Central Michigan.