Jordan Bell chooses Oregon

Long Beach forward Jordan Bell, one of the elite athletes in the 2013 class, announced Tuesday that he’ll attend Oregon. The 6-foot-7 senior chose the Ducks over UConn and Auburn.

Bell’s recruitment was rather bizarre: During the summer, he told numerous media outlets that UConn was his “dream school.”  Bell said he picked up an offer in October, and then later included UConn among his three finalists. His official visit to campus was blocked by administration, he told Hearst Connecticut Media Group, because he hadn’t yet taken his SAT. Still, he insisted that UConn was in the mix, still referring to it as his “dream school” on Nov. 1.

Twelve days later, he elected to play his college ball at Oregon. It appears as though UConn pulled the plug on his offer.

The Huskies, who also missed out on top 10 big man Noah Vonleh, have received commitments from 6-foot-9 forward Kentan Facey and 6-foot-4 guard Terrence Samuel. They’re in the running for 6-foot-6 guard Brandon Austin, a Penn State de-commit who has narrowed his choices to UConn, Providence and Texas. Expect Kevin Ollie and Co. to pursue another big man, too.