|Posted on July 30, 2016 at 11:05 AM|
Photo via Bugle Newspapers
Head coach Linc Darner has landed his second official verbal commitment for the pivotal 2017 recruiting class.
The latest commitment comes from 6’5” forward Trevian Bell from Joliet, Illinois. He announced the decision on his Twitter account Friday night.
“Man what a journey!!” he wrote. “It’s finally come to an end and I would like to thank all my coaches, family, and everyone who was there for me along the road!”
“I have made my decision to officially commit to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay!!”
A standout at Joliet West High School, he averaged 15.0 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game last season as a junior. He shot 49.3% overall from the floor including a solid 37.8% (31 of 82) from beyond the arc.
He was named third-team all-state by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association and honorable mention all-state by the Associated Press as well as all-conference SouthWest Suburban Blue. He was also named first team all-area by The Herald-News.
Bell chose Green Bay over scholarship offers from Illinois State, IUPUI, Furman, Southeast Missouri State, and Horizon League rival UIC.
“Trevian continues to develop into an overall good high school basketball player,” Joliet West coach Nick DiForti told local newspaper The Herald-News. “Nearly every team we played focused their attention on him. If we weren’t such a balanced scoring team, he easily could have averaged over 20 points a game.”
Bell is the 2nd commitment for the 2017 recruiting class joining 6’8” forward Will Chevalier who committed to Green Bay on July 25th.
“Everything just fit me,” he told Prep Hoops Illinois. “Playing style, coaching staff, education, program. It would have been hard to find a more perfect fit. I just knew that this was the place for me. Coach Darner came to most if not all of my games during the spring and summer and they have been so supportive of me.”
The commitment leaves Green Bay with 4 open scholarships remaining for the 2017 class.
Darner and his staff have offered scholarships to several high school and junior college prospects across the country, including Bell’s high school teammate Teyvion Kirk. The 6’3” Kirk announced Friday that he has narrowed his choices down to 7 schools: Green Bay, UTEP, Drake, Southern Illinois, Denver, Duquesne, and Brown.