Over the past few years Crusader Nation has been one of Baltimore's top producers of Division I basketball talent. But the local summer-league program isn't limited to having players just from the Charm City area. Marcellous Bell is an example of that.
Bell, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound senior from DeMatha, was Crusader Nation’s primary ball-handler over the summer. Thanks to his play on the circuit, the Bowie resident received interest from Binghamton, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris and Stony Brook, before ultimately committing to the Bearcats earlier this month.
“The thing about Binghamton getting him is that they got an extremely smart guard,” said Crusader Nation coach Fred McCathorine. “Basketball-wise, school-wise, it’s the whole nine yards. Marcellous understands when to push the ball. He’s one kid on our team who I’ve said will someday down the line be a coach, because he’s just that smart about the game.”Bell said Binghamton first started recruiting him during the summer of 2010. The Bearcats were the first program to start heavily pursuing him.
“It progressed,” Bell said. “They obviously knew my high school coaches and everything, got in contact with them, and [they were] just recruiting me through the process.”
Bell visited the America East school and fell in love with the campus. He liked the coaching staff and was impressed by the academic offerings. Bell is interested in studying business management, finance or psychology.
“I really liked [Binghamton and] gravitated to,” the school, Bell said. “And my dad and I thought it was great. [I can get a] great education, too. That’s a big factor. I just decided to make my commitment. I thought it was the right choice.”
McCathorine is confident that Bell will provide great leadership for the Bearcats and make an impact sooner rather than later.
“He’s a great shooter,” McCathorine said. “He can run the point, run a program, [and] he sees the floor very well.”