Marcus Bell talks Iowa State offer

By Chris Williams, Publisher

A Marshalltown Community College big man currently holds an offer from Iowa State.

Marcus Bell, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound California native, averaged 16 points and 13 rebounds per game for Lower Columbia College during the 2009-10 season. As a freshman, Bell was named the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s Western Division MVP.

It was at that time that Bell decided he needed to make a change.

“I didn’t really get along with the coach,” Bell told

From there, Bell transferred to Modesto Junior College, where he had to redshirt last season for academic purposes.

“At Lower Columbia, we went by quarters,” Bell said. “At the place that I transferred to, we went by semesters. I was short a couple of credits so I couldn’t play.”

“I redshirted a year and got bigger, faster and stronger.”

Now, Bell is in Marshalltown where he’ll play his sophomore season under Brynjar Brynjarsson.

Iowa State assistant Matt Abelmassih is the coach who formally extended Bell an offer on Tuesday night.

“He’s cool. I like him a lot,” Bell said of Abdelmassih. “He’s fun to talk to. He has a personality. Most of the other coaches are quiet. Matt will talk about off the court stuff as well. I like him.”

Bell would be a member of college basketball’s recruiting class of 2012.

Bell claims that he is also being recruited by the likes of Cal State Fullerton and Santa Clara. However, Bell it doesn’t sound as if he wants to go back to the state of California any time soon.

“I want to go somewhere else and do my own thing,” Bell said.

Bell also said that Oklahoma has recently been sending him letters.

“I was thinking about making a decision after my season,” said Bell. will continue to keep you updated on this developing story.

Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.