MALIBU, Calif. Â Pepperdine men’s basketball player Keion Bell has been rewarded for his outstanding debut season with a selection to the West Coast Conference’s All-Freshman Team, the league office announced today.
Bell (Los Angeles, Calif./Pasadena HS) is averaging team highs of 12.6 points (14th in the WCC and third among conference freshmen), 2.2 assists (15th in the WCC, third among freshmen) and 1.5 steals (tied for fourth in the WCC, second among freshmen) and is second on the squad with 4.7 rebounds per game.
In conference play, he was even better, averaging 15.0 points (eighth in the WCC, second among freshmen), 6.4 rebounds (ninth in the WCC, second among freshmen), 2.6 assists (12th in the WCC, second among freshmen) and 1.6 steals (tied for second in the WCC, second among freshmen). He was the team leader in all four categories during league play.
Bell scored in double-figures in 12 of 14 conference games, including one streak of 10 consecutive games. He nearly set or tied two school records in the win at San Francisco on Jan. 29. His 32 points were two shy of the Pepperdine freshman record and his 13-for-14 shooting was one field goal made short of the single-game record for field-goal percentage.
Though he stands just 6-foot-3, Bell has a team-high four point-rebound double-doubles, all of which came in conference play.
Bell’s is Pepperdine sixth WCC All-Freshman honoree since 2004.
The sixth-seeded Waves will meet seventh-seeded San Francisco in the first round of the upcoming WCC Tournament, held at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. Their first-round game will be on Friday (March 6) at approximately 8:15 p.m. Subscribers to “Wave Casts” at www.pepperdinesports.com can listen to Al Epstein’s call of the action with all of Pepperdine’s men’s and women’s games at the tournament.