The prep school movement continues for NH basketball. The Bell brothers Jourdain and Joe are two of the most talented players to come up through the NH ranks in recent years. They're explosive, athletic guards who love to run, push the tempo, attack the rim and are also active on defense. If they stayed at Bishop Brady, the Giants would have been the preseason favorites next year in Division II. Jourdain would have likely won Player of the Year next year, and Joe would have probably won it the year after that.
However, the Bell brothers are leaving Bishop Brady to attend Lee Academy.
"Jourdain and Joseph Bell have committed to attend and play preparatory basketball for Lee Academy, in Lee Maine, starting fall 2014" the Bell family told the NH Notebook on Wednesday. "Jourdain will reclassify to the Class of 2016, Joseph to the Class of 2017. We are looking forward to the opportunity provided to us by Coach Igor Vrzina and the rest of the Lee Academy community. The intense daily routine, high level practice/game schedule and the attention to detail paid to player development provided by Coach Vrzina will help us to attain our goals of playing at the highest of levels."
Lee Academy was not the only prep school the Bell brothers were considering.
"We would like to thank the St. Andrews School, Kimball Union Academy and The Tilton School for their interest and hospitality through the process" they said. "All are great schools with incredible coaching staffs!"
Now that they are reclassifying and will be playing against a higher level of competition, look for both Jourdain and Joe to take their games to an even higher level. They're both good kids who work hard and have a passion for the game.
"We would like to thank our development coach Brett Sellingham of BST Basketball" the Bell brothers continued. "when we started in the BST-NYDL development program three years ago, we expressed our interest in attending prep school, he put a development plan together and provided us the opportunities to make it happen. He was most helpful in having us look at all things important when exploring potential schools, not just the basketball portion of it but more important the academics and campus life. With his help through the process we feel we will get what we need both on the court, socially and in the classroom at Lee Academy, we are excited about the opportunities the lie ahead."
Transferring out of Bishop Brady was not a decision the Bell brothers took lightly.
"Last and most important, we would also thank Bishop Brady HS, and Coach Yeaton" the Bells concluded. "We have had a tremendous time at Brady, in which we have learned alot… Our coaches and teachers have been awesome, we will forever consider them family! Making the decision to leave for prep school was very difficult… but the opportunities presented to us at Lee Academy were just too good to pass up. We wish everyone at Brady, including all our teammates the very best….they will still be very strong next year… Go Giants!!"