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BENJI BELL

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ON BELL: 

Announced his intentions to transfer from Florida State on June 28, 2016…fully academically eligible after one year as a Seminole…helped Florida State to the second round of the NIT in his first season as a member of the program after earning NJCAA Division I All-America First Team honors in leading Northwest Florida State to the Junior College National Championship in 2015…scored in double figures four times and led the Seminoles in 3-point shooting percentage in 2016…shot .426 from the 3-point line as he made 23 3-point shots…the only Seminole to shoot better than 40 percent from the bonusphere in 2016 and fifth on the team in 3-point shots made with 23…Florida State’s third-leading returning player with 23 career 3-point shots made following All-American candidates Xavier Rathan-Mayes (87 career 3-point shots made) and Dwayne Bacon (32 career 3-point shots made)…signed his National Letter of Intent soon after leading the Raiders to the National Championship in Hutchinson, Kansas…averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in being named a junior college Division I All-American by the NJCAA in 2015…earned All-Panhandle Conference Second Team honors as a freshman at NWF as he averaged 13.1 ppg, 2.7 apg and 2.6 rpg… averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.9 spg as a senior at Blanche Ely High School in 2012…led Blanche Ely to the Florida Class 7A State Championship…attended Eastside High School in Gainesville, Fla. as a high school freshman and sophomore, Quality Education Academy in Winston-Salem, N.C. as a junior, graduated from Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., in 2012, attended Massanutten Military Academy in 2012 and Northwestern Florida State College in 2014 and 2015…

AS A JUNIOR (2016): 

Averaged 3.8 points (ninth on the team), 1.0 rebound (11th), 0.9 assists (seventh) and 0.3 steals (ninth) while shooting .426 from the 3-point line (first) and making 23 3-point shots (fifth) in his first season as a Seminole…played in 33 of Florida State’s 34 games including each of the last 33 games of the season…played in each of the Seminoles’ 18 ACC games, both of their games in the ACC Tournament and all three as the Seminoles finished in fourth place in the Paradise Jam at the beginning of the season…Florida State’s leading 3-point shooting specialist with a .426 mark from distance…made 23 shots from the 3-point line including four in the Seminoles’ win over Southeastern Louisiana (Dec. 13), four in Florida State’s victory over No. 20 Notre Dame (Feb. 27) and three in Florida State’s victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem (Feb. 6)…multiple 3-point shots made in six different games – the Seminoles were 5-1 in those six games…scored in double figures four times with his career-high of 18 points coming in Florida State’s victory over Southeastern Louisiana, his ACC career-high of 14 points coming in the Seminoles win over Notre Dame and his postseason career-high of 10 points coming against Boston College in the first round of the 2016 ACC Tournament (March 8)…also scored in double figures against North Carolina (10 points) in a game nationally televised by ESPN (Jan. 4)…totaled multiple assists in seven different games including his career-high of four assists in Florida State’s 73-71 win over Florida in a game played in his hometown of Gainesville, Fla. (Dec. 29)…totaled two steals in victories over Mississippi State (Dec. 16), Clemson in Tallahassee (Jan. 30) and Florida State’s victory over nationally ranked Notre Dame…averaged 10.4 minutes played per game and played 15 or more minutes in eight of his 33 games…his career high of 26 minutes came in Florida State’s victory over Southeastern Louisiana and his ACC career-high of 25 minutes came in Florida State’s victory over No. 20 Notre Dame in Tallahassee…made his career debut with five points, three rebounds and one assist in Florida State’s 98-79 victory over Jacksonville at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee (Nov. 17)…

AT NORTHWEST FLORIDA STATE: 

Earned his Associate’s Degree from Northwest Florida State in June of 2015…led the Raiders to the junior college national championship with a 4-0 record in the national tournament in Hutchinson, Ks.,  With wins over Columbia State (24 points), Northwest College (21 points), Georgia Highlands (18 points) and South Plains in the national championship game (28 points)…his play helped the Raiders to the No. 2 seed in the national tournament…averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in being named a junior college Division I All-American by the NJCAA in 2015…also shot 49 percent from the field and 44.5 percent from the 3-ponit line as a sophomore…averaged 2.2 made 3-point field goals per game as a sophomore…led NWF to a 33-2 record as a sophomore and a two-year record of 55-8…named the Panhandle Conference Player of the Year and to the All-Panhandle Conference First Team as a sophomore…the Most Valuable Player and headed up the FCSSA/NJCAA Region VIII All-Tournament team…averaged 20.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists in earning MVP honors at the Region VIII Tournament…during the Region VIII Tournament he scored 24 points in a victory over Hillsborough Community College, 13 in a win over Miami Dade Community College and totaled 25 in the Raiders’ championship-game victory over Eastern Florida State…shot 53.8 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from the 3-point line in the Region VIII Tournament…in the championship game he scored 10 points in the final 4:03 of the games to lead NWF past Eastern Florida State, 76-69 – a win that gave NWF its first state championship since 2012…earned All-Panhandle Conference Second Team honors as a freshman as he averaged 13.1 ppg, 2.7 apg and 2.6 rpg…

AT MASSANUTTEN MILITARY ACADEMY: 

Attended Massanutten for one season (2012-13)…prepped at Massanutten following his senior year…led the Colonels to a 30-4 record and helped them advance to the National Prep Championship Elite Eight, where they lost in overtime to eighth-ranked Notre Dame Prep…

AT BLANCHE ELY: 

Graduated from Blanche Ely in 2012…a three-star point guard as rated by ESPN.com…averaged 13.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg and 1.9 spg as a senior…led Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach Fla., to the Class 7A state championship and an appearance in the semifinals of the National High School Invitational in 2012…led Blanche Ely to a 30-3 record during his senior season as a prep star…The Tigers earned the No. 5 seed in the ESPN High School Invitational Tournament during his senior season…led the Tigers to the quarterfinals of the national tournament where they fell to St. Benedict’s 67-61…Blanch Ely ranked 14th nationally in the final X-Cellent MaxPreps Top 25 of the 2012 season…scored 20 points or more as a senior including 28 against Plantation, 26 versus Salesian College Prep, and 24 each against St. Thomas Aquinas and Constitution…

PERSONAL: 

Born September 3, 1993…Benji is the son of Sheila Baker Bell…is the fifth of six children…a brother, Robert Baker, played collegiate football at Auburn, in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins (1999-02) and Minnesota Vikings (2003); in the World League of American Football for the Frankfurt Galaxy (2003) and in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts (2004-06) as a wide receiver…another brother, Dante Anderson, was a highly recruited high school basketball star in the state of Florida before his untimely death prior to his senior season in 2007…attended the same high school as former Seminole football standouts Corey Simon and brothers Henri and Zach Crockett…selected Florida State over Pitt, Indiana, Purdue, Memphis, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Xavier, Houston, Southern Cal, Seton Hall and Oregon…