Catching up with VT Recruit Terrell Bell

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Terrell Bell , who signed with Virginia Tech last November, turned in a fine senior season at Stone Mountain High School (GA). The 6-7, 200-pound guard/forward helped his team to a 26-5 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He demonstrated the versatility Tech fans will be able to see over the next four years.

“My senior season went real good,” Bell said. “We ended up losing in the state playoffs to the state champs. I averaged around 15 points and nine rebounds per game. I felt like I played more dominant. I played stronger. I felt like a leader. We had a new coach who gave me the freedom to let me play. In close times, I would run point. I moved from the one to the four.”

Bell is already where he needs to be in terms of qualifying academically and he feels his game is where it needs to be to be able to contribute significantly in his freshman year at Virginia Tech.

“Right now, I feel like my game is where it needs to be,” said Bell, who is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a small forward/wing guard. He will arrive at Tech in early July. “I probably will put 10 pounds on before I head up there because I know they want to put more weight on me once I get there. I feel like I need to work on my ball-handling, too. That’s the next step right now.”

Asked what parts of his game may surprise some people, Bell answered, “my ball-handling and my passing. People see how tall I am and they really don’t believe I can handle or pass as well as I do.”

He discussed what Virginia Tech’s expectations are of him his freshman year.

“I think they want me to come in and be an instant impact,” Bell said. “Coach Greenberg wants me as a 3, but I could possibly develop into a wing guard. I want to fill Zabian’s spot. I’m good at pushing the ball up the court. I saw how Zabian does that and I felt like I fit in well in that area.

“Coming into the ACC, I know I’ve got to come in and be ready to play.”

Bell paid close attention to Virginia Tech’s success this season.

“I caught most of the games on TV,” Bell said. “I always liked seeing the highlights of Deron dunking on somebody. My favorite game was the Duke game. I liked the road mentality they