Bell finalist for Valvano comeback award


Georgia Tech guard/forward  D’Andre Bell is one of 10 finalists for the2010 V Foundation Comeback Award.

The winner will be announced March 30.

The award is named after former N.C. State basketball coach Jim Valvano and is given to a player who has overcome adversity. Players are nominated by their athletics department.

The finalists are: D’Andre Bell, Georgia Tech; Dallas Blocker, Youngstown State; Brianna Culberson, Denver; Kelvin Davis, San Diego State; Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska; Sanchez Hughley, Florida Atlantic; Thomas Kleinschnitz, Franciscan University of Steubenville; Kristen Lucci, Waynesburg; and Dana Pernell Smith II, Longwood.

Bell, a senior, was diagnosed with spinal stegnosis before the 2008 season. He underwent surgery to correct the condition and prevent possible paralysis. He returned to Tech in January and rejoined the team. He averaged 6.1 points and 2.5 rebounds for Tech (23-13), which made it to the second round of NCAA tournament.

He graduated with a degree in management in May and is pursuing a second undergraduate degree.

Hope Rush was named the ACC co-pitcher of the week. She went 2-0 with a 0.58 ERA against North Carolina last weekend.

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March 23rd, 2010
11:17 am

great job-best wishes & prayers go with you

To Deandre and Zach,

March 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Thanks for all the effort and memories. Yall were always my favorite players. Whether your career is in Basketball or something else, I know you will both be successful.

Good Luck!

obvious truth

March 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Bell was one of the bright spots this season and was a key part of their success. He deserves to be awarded for his strength of character. Great Yellow Jacket.

Surely, you jest...

March 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

…is there really a college named “Franciscan University of Steubenville”?


March 24th, 2010
12:05 pm

good luck to bell!