Oregon's Jordan Bell Calls Report He's Entering 2017 NBA Draft 'Fake News'

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 17, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 01: Jordan Bell #1 of the Oregon Ducks reacts during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. North Carolina defeated Oregon 77-76. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Oregon Ducks big man Jordan Bell isn't quite ready to decide on his NBA future yet and called a report that he had declared for the 2017 draft "fake news."

On Sunday, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported Bell was entering the draft and signing with an agent, but the man himself said otherwise:

Bell averaged career-highs as a junior with 10.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He also provided strong interior defense at 2.3 blocks per contest and shot 63.6 percent from the field.

Charania wrote the forward held meetings during the last week to find an agent and came to a decision. He also added, "NBA executives believe the 6-foot-9 Bell helped his draft stock in the NCAA tournament with his activity and toughness."

Bell filled the void for the injured Chris Boucher in the tournament and helped lead the Ducks to the Final Four.

While many fans will remember his failure to box out in the waning moments of Oregon's Final Four loss to North Carolina when the Tar Heels grabbed two critical offensive rebounds, he notched four double-doubles and swatted eight shots against Kansas in the team's Big Dance run:

Jordan Bell's NCAA Tournament Performances
GameResultPointsReboundsBlocks
Round of 64 vs. Iona93-77, win17120
Round of 32 vs. Rhode Island75-72, win6122
Sweet 16 vs. Michigan69-68, win16132
Elite Eight vs. Kansas74-60, win11138
Final Four vs. North Carolina77-76, loss13164
Source: ESPN.com

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman ranked Bell as the 36th-best prospect in his post-NCAA tournament big board.

 

 

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