Position: C
Height/Weight: 6'9" / 227 lbs
School/Club: Oregon
Status: Junior
Birthday: January 7, 1995

DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Golden State Warriors

About Jordan Bell

Bell is not your typical basketball player, in the sense that scoring points isn’t what motivates him. His high school coach had to figure out creative ways to get Bell to shoot more. And from his first season at Oregon, he made it known he wanted to guard the opposing team’s highest-scoring frontcourt player. His freshman season set a tone for the rest of his career—Bell blocked a school single-season record 94 shots in just 24 minutes of playing time a game. On the other end, he took just four shots a game and averaged about five points. Bell never lost that lean toward D—he was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the year in 2016-17—but asked to increase his scoring contributions after fellow post man Chris Boucher was lost for the season with a knee injury, Bell delivered, helping lead the Ducks all the way to the Final Four.


  • Committed and versatile defender
  • Great shot blocker
  • Aggressive rebounder
  • Lateral quickness
  • Leaping ability
  • Motor


  • Has to work on perimeter game
  • Undersized for an NBA center

NBA projection: Bell is generally considered to be a high second-round Draft pick.

2016-17 Season
Especially after the season-ending injury to Chris Boucher, but even before that, Bell came into his own as a force on both ends of the floor. That was particularly evident in the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, when Bell piled up 27 points, 26 boards, five assists and 10 blocked shots against Michigan and Kansas. He was chosen the NCAA Midwest Regional Most Outstanding Player. Before that, he was voted the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, earned a spot on the league’s defensive team and was also second-team all-conference.

Key statistics: 10.9 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 tpg, 2.2 bpg, 28.9 mpg, .636 FG, .214 3PT, .701 FT

Career Highlights: The first player with five straight NCAA Tournament games of 12-plus rebounds since Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon in 1985. As a junior, became Oregon's first-ever Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. UO’s career leader in blocks (235) and field goal percentage (61.0), and fifth and ninth in those categories, respectively in Pac-12 history. Owns three of the top five single season blocks marks in UO history.

Cool statistic: It took Bell just three seasons to become Oregon’s career leader in blocked shots (235) and field-goal percentage (.610). Those blocks rank fifth all-time in Pac-12 history, and Bell padded his career FG percentage by leading the league at .636 this season.

Reminds me of: Ben Wallace

What Insiders Say
Oregon coach Dana Altman

“I think part of it [stepping up after the injury to Chris Boucher] has just been his focus. And he's risen to the occasion. I think he knew when Chris went down that there was going to be more pressure on him to perform. And fortunately for us he's handled that pressure very well. So I don't think he's changed his approach dramatically. But if you look at his numbers to end the season, they were all pretty good.”

What Outsiders Say
North Carolina guard Theo Pinson

“That dude is a freak. I mean he's really athletic. I remember him in high school. He affected shots then. But he's going to be another challenge. And then hopefully we can get him out of the game so he can stop affecting shots.”


Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.

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