Marquette G Bell takes medical leave

[b]Marquette guard Bell takes medical leave

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted: Oct. 6, 2004

Sophomore Brandon Bell is taking a leave of absence from the Marquette University men’s basketball team to treat an unspecified medical condition, the school announced on Wednesday.

“Brandon Bell is under a supervised medical leave of absence,” coach Tom Crean said in a statement. “Brandon will continue with his education while under medical treatment. Under the (Family Educational Rights Privacy Act), this must remain private and there will be no further comments on this matter.”

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Bell struggled as a freshman with the Golden Eagles, averaging 1.5 points and 0.4 assists in 21 games as a backup point guard.

The Flint, Mich., native played in 10 of the team’s first 20 games, averaging 3.9 minutes and saw his role increase slightly down the stretch. He closed out the season by posting collegiate highs in points (nine), minutes (16) and three-pointers (three) in a National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal loss at Iowa State.

Without Bell, MU will be especially thin at point guard behind starter Travis Diener heading into this season. Assuming he passes the SAT on Sunday, Israeli combination guard Niv Berkowitz won’t become eligible until Dec. 18, leaving junior Joe Chapman as the only other player on the Golden Eagles’ roster with any appreciable experience at the position.

Diener carried an especially heavy load last season and, having put on more than 10 pounds in the off-season to get up to 175, should be able to do so again. Berkowitz’s addition should be a boon for MU considering his international experience, but it’s unclear how quickly he’ll be able to make an impact.

Early on, Chapman is likely to be asked to back up at the point once again. Sophomore Dameon Mason is also a possibility, according to Crean, who noted that former standout Dwyane Wade averaged about six minutes a game as a sophomore at the position by sliding over from his more natural spot at shooting guard.

MU opens its season on Nov. 3 with an exhibition game against Division II Lewis University at the Al McGuire Center.[/b] Marquette guard Bell takes medical leave