JUNEAU - Ketchikan center Damen Bell-Holter will reportedly play NCAA Division I basketball at Missouri State, the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader reported Tuesday.
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Standing 6-feet, 9-inches and weighing 240 pounds, Bell-Holter has been a sought-after prospect. He played his first two seasons at Mount Edgecumbe High School before joining the Kings last season.
As a junior, Bell-Holter averaged 30 points, 10.2 rebounds and five blocked shots per game with Ketchikan.
"I really liked the coaches, the town, the campus and the idea they're getting a new arena; I thought it was a great fit for me," Bell-Holter told the News-Leader.
According to the News-Leader, Bell-Holter orally committed to play for the Bears. He will make it official in November when he signs a national letter of intent.
Missouri State plays in the highly-touted Missouri Valley Conference. With Missouri State, Bell-Holter will get to continue playing against a familiar rival, 2006 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate Will Egolf.
Egolf is a freshman at conference-rival Bradley University.
Missouri State went 22-11 last season and reached the National Invitational Tournament.