Two-time letterman ... will serve as one of team's tri-captains this winter ... has started every game since his arrival at West Point ... has been program's most consistent player over his initial two campaigns ... provides Army with veteran leadership ... savvy performer ... intuitive player with good court awareness ... gets most out of his ability ... continues to refine his all-around game ... one of team's hardest workers.
As a sophomore: started every game for the second straight season ... averaged team-high 14.3 ppg., along with 3.3 rpg. ... listed second on squad in caroms ... ranked second on team in assists (58) and third in steals (17) ... named second-team All-Patriot League at season's end ... was first Black Knight to earn a postseason league award since 2002 ... finished campaign third in league in scoring ... shot .389 from the floor, .394 from three-point range and .810 from the foul line ... reached double figures 19 times, including the final seven contests of the campaign ... registered career-high 34 points at New Hampshire ... was most explosive outing by a Black Knight since Chris Spatola scored 43 against Lafayette in January 2001 ... shot 4 of 9 from three-point range and 11 of 12 from the foul line opposite the Wildcats ... tallied 30 points during late-season home matchup with Lafayette ... became first Army player to post two 30-point efforts in the same season since Spatola in 2000-01 ... accounted for two of Patriot League's four regular-season 30-point efforts ... reached 20 points five times altogether, including pair of 30-point outbursts ... enjoyed 26-point night against Sacred Heart ... ignited team's 63-43 thumping of Navy with 20-point performance ... registered 23 points in home game against Bucknell ... snared career-high seven rebounds on three occasions, accomplishing feat in home outings versus Albany, Lehigh and Lafayette ... named Patriot League Player of the Week on Nov. 29.
As a freshman: was only player to start every game ... averaged 6.5 ppg. and 3.0 rpg. ... shot .360 from the field, .396 from three-point range and .714 from the line ... led Army with 55 assists (2.04 apg.) ... listed second on the team in rebounding and three-point percentage, and tied for second in scoring ... enjoyed sparkling collegiate debut, scoring 20 points in opening-night win over Columbia ... that marked the most points by a Black Knight in his debut since at least 1960 ... 11-for-11 showing from the foul line against the Lions was best effort by an Army player in nine years ... reached double digits eight times during the season ... seven of those outings came during a 13-game stretch at mid-season ... led Army to thrilling road win over Navy by canning 17 points ... added 14 markers versus The Citadel while tallying 13 opposite St. Francis (N.Y.) ... also grabbed season-high six rebounds against St. Francis ... credited with six assists in home matchup versus American ... registered four helpers on six other occasions.
High School: earned four letters each in basketball and tennis at Kokomo High in Kokomo, Ind. ... starred for head coach Mike Wade ... averaged 19.3 ppg., 4.0 rpg. and 5.0 apg. as a senior ... ranked 47th in the state in scoring as a senior ... helped team to a 17-7 record and sectional championship in final campaign ... named All-North Central Conference as a juinor and senior ... tabbed honorable mention all-state and selected to Indiana's prestigious "Top 40 Workout" session following senior season.
Personal: given name is Matthew Alfred Bell ... born May 9, 1984 ... father's name is Greg Bell ... mother's name is Lisa Koon ... stepmother's name is Ronda Bell ... stepfather's name is Mark Koon ... father, Greg, is long-time "radio voice" of Kokomo Wildkats ... member of the National Honor Society ... majoring in Management.