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West Virginia signs junior college transfer Jimmy Bell Jr.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia has signed junior college transfer Jimmy Bell Jr. for the 2022-23 season.

Coach Bob Huggins announced Bell’s signing Monday. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-10 Bell averaged more than nine points, nine rebounds and one blocked shot per game last season at Moberly (Missouri) Area Community College. He spent his first two seasons at Saint Louis.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, the 280-pound Bell brings some welcome help to West Virginia’s inside game. The Mountaineers ranked last in the Big 12 in rebounding and scoring defense and finished in last place. Bell will be joined by another 6-10 junior college transfer, Mohamed Wague.

“Jimmy is a big man who has the ability to score and defend inside the way we weren’t able to do a year ago,” Huggins said. “He has the ability to change offenses around the rim and the ability to score the ball close.”

Huggins announced the signings of Wague, former Iowa guard Joe Touissant and former South Carolina guard Erik Stevenson last week.