Former Cougar Signs Professional Contract

The Columbus State University men’s basketball program has pumped out another professional athlete as former Cougar Idell Bell inked a contract with UMF Sindri Höfn in Iceland.

A native of Lakeland, Fla., Bell played two seasons for the Cougars from 2011-2013 and was the team’s second-leading scorer in each year. Bell totaled 614 points in a CSU uniform averaging nearly 11 points per game. The sharpshooter knocked down 117 three-pointers, while tallying 111 assists.
Bell was also known as a tenacious defender, adding 77 steals in his two-year CSU career.

“I am truly happy for Idell,” said CSU head men’s basketball coach Robert Moore. “He is one of the hardest working guys on the court to ever wear a CSU uniform.

“I never met a young man who loved the game of basketball like Idell. We are so proud that he gets to continue playing the game on a professional level.”
Bell becomes the third former player to sign a professional deal this offseason joining Shane Heyward and DeAngelo Kirkland, who signed contracts in Finland and Iceland, respectively.

The Cougars posted a 31-25 overall mark during his two seasons, reaching the Peach Belt Conference championship game and the NCAA Tournament in 2012.

Bell will head to Iceland immediately to prepare for the upcoming season. UMF Sindri Höfn competes in the Second Division of professional basketball in Iceland.