5 - Larry Bell
Larry Bell
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Compton, CA
High School: Compton HS
Position: Guard

Picking Up Where He Left Off
Larry Bell hopes to pick up where he left off last season. He started the final 12 games of the 1998-99 campaign and he finished as half of the team's tag team at the point guard position. After a slow start last season he ended the year as one of the team's top defenders and playmakers.

As A Starter, Bell Takes A Toll On Opponents
Once UCSB started winning games last season, they did so with great regularity. Bell was a major part of that. Overall he started 14 games and came off the bench in 14. In the 14 games in which Bell was in the starting lineup, the Gauchos recorded a 10-4 mark, including a 10-3 record after the team's 0-8 start.

A Tale Of Two Seasons
In many ways, Bell's 1998-99 season was a mirror of the Gaucho season. A bad start and a good finish. Through eight games, Bell was struggling in a big way. He had scored seven points (that's seven total, not seven per game) and UCSB was 0-8. In the first seven games, Bell rarely chimed in, making only 1-of-12 shots from the field (8.3%) and 3-of-10 from the free throw line (30.0%). As the Gauchos started winning, however, Bell emerged. Over the final 20 games of the season, he made 34-of-72 field goal attempts (47.2%) and 24-of-34 free throws (70.6%) and while he didn't set the world on fire, he did average 4.7 points per game over the final 20 contests.

At The Wire, It's Bell With The Assist
Bell finished the 1998-99 season as UCSB's team-leader in assists with 119 (4.3 per game) after trailing Derrick Allen for virtually the entire regular season. In the Big West Tournament, however, Bell had nine assists to Allen's seven, giving him his season-ending two assist advantage. In addition, Bell was not only the lone UCSB player to have an assist in all 28 games, he had two or more in all 28 games. Bell's high of 11 assists in a home win over Cal State Fullerton was the most by any Gaucho since Phillip Turner had 12 in a game near the end of the 1995-96 season.

Gotta Love That Ratio
Not only did Bell wind up the season as the Gauchos' leader in assists, he easily had the best assist-to-turnover ratio on the team. He finished the year with only 53 turnovers to go with his 119 assists, a ratio of 2.3 assists to every one turnover. In his 14 starting assignments, Bell had 77 assists and only 25 turnovers, a glittering ratio of 3.1 to one.

Larry Bell Notes

1999-2000: Larry Bell's emergence during the second half of last season makes him a very key returnee for the Gauchos...Will split the role of playmaker with Derrick Allen once again...An important defensive player for UCSB, Bell should become a more valuable offensive player this season...

1998-99:Bell emerged as one of the most important Gaucho players in the second half of the 1998-99 season...Started 14 games and in those 14 UCSB posted a 10-4 record...Did not become a full-time starter until the 17th game of the year...Averaged 3.6 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game...Over the final 12 games of the season, he averaged 4.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game...His assist total of 119 led the team and was among the leaders in the Big West...His average of 5.2 assists in league games ranked him second in the Big West...He joined Derrick Allen to give the Gauchos their first 100 assist duo since 1988...His 11 assists against Cal State Fullerton was the most by a Gaucho last season...Also had nine assists at Long Beach State...Had five or more assists ten times and he led the Gauchos in assists 12 times...A major part of UCSB's defensive emergence, Bell had 38 steals, tying for second on the team...Produced 23 of his 38 steals over the final 14 games...46 of his 77 rebounds came in the final 12 games...Started the season by going 3-for-11 from the free throw line, after that he was 24-of-33 (72.7%)...Also improved his field goal numbers, opening the year at 1-for-12 and going 34-of-72 (47.2%) to end the season...Bell easily had the best assist to turnover ratio on the team at 2.3 to 1...Over the final three regular season games, he had 15 assists and one turnover...

Junior College: Played for two seasons at Compton College...He was the best defensive player on a Compton team that won the 1998 California State Junior College Championship...Named to the State's All-Defensive Team...Averaged 12.5 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore...Also averaged three steals per game...Shot 50.1% from the field and 75.0% from the free throw line...Drilled 31% of his three-point attempts...Scored a career-high 23 points in a game against Mt. San Antonio College...Had highs of ten rebounds and ten assists against Los Angeles Harbor College...Also had ten steals in a game against Mt. San Antonio...Hit five three-point baskets against Los Angeles Trade Tech...Once blocked four shots in a game...Coached by Damien Powell at Compton College...

High School: Prepped at Compton High School...Averaged 21 points, six assists and six rebounds as a senior...Also averaged three steals and a pair of blocked shots...Made better than 60.0% of his field goal attempts and 70.0% of his free throw attempts...Scored a career high 31 points in a game against Long Beach Wilson High School...As a junior he had 30 points against Norwalk High School...Also had a 19-rebound game against Long Beach Wilson...Had career highs of ten assists against Long Beach Jordan High School and 15 steals against Norwalk...Named All-Moore League as a junior and as a senior...In his junior season, Bell averaged 15 points, six rebounds and four assists per game...Compton advanced to the CIF Playoffs in all four of Bell's years...Coached by Rod Palmer...

Personal: Larry Bell was born July 3, 1977 in Terre Haute, Indiana...Majoring in Sociology at UC Santa Barbara and he would someday like to become a social worker...Nicknamed L.B....His personal saying is that "nobody likes quitters"...Also played football in high school...In high school, he was honored as an All-Academic Team member four years in a row...His hobby is "poetic thinking"...His most memorable sports moment was when he hit a buzzer-beating three-point basket to defeat Norwalk High in a tournament...Favorite author is Stephen King...Roots for the Boston Celtics and the Indianapolis Colts...Also speaks Spanish and Samoan...Larry Bird is his all-time favorite athlete...Also recruited by Utah State, UC Irvine and Texas A&M...He is the son of Sio and Siava Bell.