Plymouth City Patriots have added another player to their already impressive haul of signings for the 2022-23 season.
At the beginning of July the Patriots were quick to re-sign head coach Paul James, briskly followed by six high calibre returning players from last season’s impressive squad including Antonio Williams, Rashad Hassan and Elvis Dusha, as well as a brand new edition James Hawthorne Jr.
Now, the Patriots have opted to fill their fifth and final non-national slot with a 6’7″ forward, hailing from Starkville Mississippi, Markedric Bell.
Bell, 23, will be a genuine rookie, with the Patriots offering him his first professional contract since graduating University College in America.
Bell has a good pedigree, having been named in the starting five for three full seasons in NCAA Div 1, including two seasons for Arkansas-Pine Bluff and one for Prairie View A&M,, sporting nearly nine points and five rebounds per game in only 25 minutes played.
His season high performances for Arkansas-Pine came against top opposition, scoring 21 points against Pittsburgh and 22 points and 9 rebounds over Texas Southern.
In 2019, Bell was an integral part of the MACJC North Division Championship win and MACJC Tournament winning East Mississippi Community College, where he played at JUCO, before making his way to the NCAA.
“I’m looking forward to having Markedric join up with the rest of the team,” said Head Coach Paul James. “He is a tough rookie who plays hard at both ends of the floor.
“He can play in multiple positions and will complement our style of play. I’m sure he’s going to be another exciting player to watch out for the Plymouth City Patriots this season.”