Collegiate High School at NWFSC29th Season

Benji Bell named FCSAA Male Athlete of the Year

Benji Bell has been named the Florida College System Activities Association Male Athlete of the Year, the latest in a long list of accolades for the 6-4 guard from Gainesville, Fla.

Benji BellThis season, Bell helped lead the Northwest Florida State College Raiders basketball team to a 33-2 record and the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 championship and the NJCAA Division I national championship.

Bell averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting 49 percent from the field (including .445 percent from 3-point range) this season. He was named the Panhandle Conference Player of the Year, the Most Valuable Player in the FCSAA/NJCAA Region 8 tournament, and the FCSAA Player of the Year, and was also named to the national tournament All-Tournament team and the NJCAA All-American first team.

Bell has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Florida State University. In announcing his signing, FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton said: "Benji Bell is a proven player who will bring maturity to our lineup during his career as a Seminole. He has proven that he can play and proven that he can win at every level he has played at. Benji will be able to create a balance between our experienced players and our inexperienced players on our roster because of his ability and his maturity."

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