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Bell and Kennedy Ink National Letters of Intent

Nov. 12, 2009

VILLANOVA, Pa. - A pair of high school senior standouts have inked national letters of intent to join the Villanova Wildcats, it was announced today. Guard James Bell, 6-5, of Montverde (Fla.) Academy and forward Markus Kennedy, a 6-9 Philadelphia native who is currently enrolled at The Winchendon (Mass.) School, have signed letters of intent and will enroll at Villanova in the fall of 2010.

"These are two outstanding young players we are excited to add to our Villanova basketball family," stated head coach Jay Wright.

Bell is a dynamic wing player who has excelled at Montverde Academy playing for coach Kevin Sutton. ESPNU lists Bell as the No. 43 senior in the class of 2010.

"James is a great athlete from an outstanding program at Montverde Academy," stated Wright. "His coach, Kevin Sutton, has done a terrific job teaching James the game and we are excited to have him join us. James is a tough, athletic guard who will add another dimension to our team."

Kennedy is from Philadelphia and emerged as a coveted prospect over the last two seasons playing prep basketball in the state of New Jersey. He is now at The Winchendon School, where he will soon begin his senior season.

"Markus is a Philly guy and he brings us interior size and toughness," stated Wright. "One of the things we came to appreciate about Markus is his understanding of the game. We believe Markus can be an outstanding rebounder at this level and a skilled offensive player in the post. We're thrilled to have another Philly guy in our family."