Former Ohio State center David Bell will transfer to Jacksonville, his high school coach confirmed to The Dispatch in a phone interview.

 

Bell’s decision to transfer from the Buckeyes was announced last Friday. Monday, Garfield Heights, Ohio, coach Sonny Johnson told The Dispatch that Bell was leaving in order to follow his pregnant girlfriend back home to Florida.

 

Now the 6-foot-9 Bell will sit out a year before playing his final season with the Dolphins, who were 17-16 last season and finished the year ranked No. 275 nationally by KenPom.com. He will transfer once he finishes the semester at Ohio State.

 

Johnson said there was plenty of interest in Bell, who averaged 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds during his two seasons with the Buckeyes.

 

“Every school in Ohio called about him, from Kent State to Akron to Cleveland State to Youngstown State to schools in the Atlantic 10,” he said.

 

The Buckeyes currently have two centers projected to be on their roster next season: sophomore Micah Potter and incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson.

 

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