Former Oregon Duck men’s basketball star Jordan Bell declined an offer this summer to play for the TBT Always Us Oregon alumni team because there was something even bigger on the table. Bell will officially represent his country when he plays for Team USA at the 2022 Men’s World Cup Qualifying Games in Puerto Rico and Cuba.
Team USA announced its roster on June 25, and Bell was listed as one of the finalists to make the team. Team USA, coached by Jim Boylen, opened training camp on Friday night in preparation for the third competitive window of FIBA World Cup 2021-23 qualifying matches which will see USA (3 -1) face Puerto Rico (2-2) in July. 1 in San Juan, Puerto Rico and Cuba (0-4) on July 4 in Havana.
During his time with the Ducks, Bell ranks 7th all-time at Oregon in most rebounds in a season, has the second most blocks in a single game with eight (twice), ranks 2nd , 4th and 7th all-time at Oregon in most single-season blocks, and is the program’s career leader in blocks with 235. Bell is also 2nd in single-season and career field goal percentage . Bell’s 82 wins as a Duck rank sixth all-time.
Bell was a three-year starter for the Ducks from 2013 to 2017 and was later drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bulls. He was drafted on draft day by the Golden State Warriors. Bell spent two years with the Warriors and won an NBA championship his first year. He then spent time with Minnesota and Memphis during the 2019-20 seasons, then was on the roster with Washington and Golden State during the 2020-21 seasons. Bell is currently on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants roster for the NBA G League.
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