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Gary Bell Jr. (in white) scored 23 points against Shadle Park last December (Photo: SWX) Gary Bell Jr. (in white) scored 23 points against Shadle Park last December (Photo: SWX)
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SPOKANE, Wash. - One of the top high school basketball players in the state of Washington has committed to Gonzaga, the Spokesman-Review reported on Tuesday.

Gary Bell Jr., from Kentridge High School, made a verbal commitment to play for the Zags after he graduates in 2011. Bell's father told the newspaper that his son visited Gonzaga, Washington and Cal and had scholarships from various programs.

Bell averaged 22 points per game last season as a junior. The 6-1 guard made the Seattle Times all-state first team and recorded a 55-point game last December against Aurburn-Riverside.

"Mark Few didn't beat on us," Bell Sr. told the Seattle Times. "He let the action of the people we saw, the coaches and staff, speak for themselves. All those guys were not really pushing and pressuring."

Bell Jr.'s commitment to the Zags shows the Bulldogs are making inroads into the Puget Sound area when it comes to recruiting. Despite being probably the most notable basketball program in the state of Washington, only a handful of local players have committed to the program over the past several years. Bell Jr. joins current Zag Steven Gray as the only other player from the west side of the state. Former Puget Sound-area players include Erroll Knight (Seattle) and Casey Calvary (Tacoma).

(with information from The Associated Press, Seattle Times)

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