Bell shines in basketball, football, decides on basketball in College


Ella Boozer

Bell blocks a Bobcat at state.

Xavier Bell, senior, finished his high school career with many achievements and awards. In Bell’s senior basketball season, he averaged 24.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 2 APG. He also finished his senior football season with 1377 all-purpose yards and 12 TD’s.
“Thinking back, it’s almost so surreal, some of the things I accomplished. It’s definitely humbling, a lot of my success comes from the teammates that shared that with me and without them, some of the things I did wouldn’t be there,” Bell said.
In Bell’s senior basketball season alone, he earned first team all-league in AVCTL II, first team all-county by Butler County Gazette, all metro by Wichita Eagle, first team all-state (5A) by Kansas Basketball Coaches Association, 2020 5A sports in Kansas Player of the Year, MaxPreps Kansas All-State boys basketball team, top 5 all classes by Topeka Capital Journal, and MaxPreps Suddenlink Kansas Player of the Year. Bell also led the jags to an 11-2 record and an appearance in the state championship in football. He was AVCTL II Offensive player of the year, all-metro by the Wichita Eagle, selected to play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl, and all-state by the Topeka Capital Journal. Bell made the decision to play basketball in college over football.
“The long hours and numerous summers spent on basketball. I just love the game too much to walk away from it right now,” Bell said.
Bell committed to Drexel University to play basketball. Drexel is a division one school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The D finished 14-19 last year and eighth in the Colonial Conference. Bell chose the Dragons over Central Connecticut and Denver University, both division one schools.
“The connection and consistency the Drexel coaches had with me, making it clear from the jump that they wanted me to be a part of their program,” Bell said.