2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Keegan Bell
Keegan Bell - RF
Weight: 230 lbs
Hometown: Port Coquitlam, B.C.
School: Tusculum (NCAA DII)
Current Team: Langley Thunder (WLA)
Junior Team(s): Port Coquitlam Saints & New Westminster Salmonbellies (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
“Bell has size, speed and grit, but his greatest asset is probably a deadly outside shot. He didn’t have a huge scoring season split between Victoria and Langley, but he shows some versatility that should suit a depth role with an NLL team.“- Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
“Bell may be the biggest forward in the draft and at 6’5, 230 lbs, and his game speaks for itself; Physical and relentless. If he can develop some softer hands inside to go along with his heavy outside shot, it will only boost his value. A true power forward, he will be an asset to any club looking to create space and add size out the front door.” - Teddy Jenner, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 16th Overall - Saskatchewan Rush
Bell spent three summers with Port Coquitlam, putting up 96 points over that span. He was acquired by the New Westminster Salmonbellies before the summer of 2018. He had his best season in Junior A, posting 36 goals and 67 points in 20 games.
He spent his collegiate career with Tusculum - a Division II program. He had 88 goals, 134 and 39 ground balls in 56 games during his four years with the Pioneers. The 22-year-old was named the 2019 SAC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Bell was selected sixth overall by the Victoria Shamrocks in the 2019 WLA Junior Draft. However, his tenure with the team lasted just 10 games.
Bell was also moved ahead of the WLA trade deadline. Victoria shipped him to Langley in a deal that saw Connor Robinson, Tyler Pace and Matthew Dinsdale’s rights to the Shamrocks.
He had seven goals and 13 points in six games with the Thunder. That pushed his total in the WLA this summer to 33 points in 16 games.
The Rush lost Curtis Knight — one of head coach Derek Keenan’s favourite weapons — to the Rochester Knighthawks this summer in the expansion draft. With the likes of Robert Church and Ben McIntosh taking care of the offensive responsibility on the right side, they just need a player that can help be a complimentary piece to the other two this season.
Bell is a big body — standing at 6-foot-5, 230 lbs — who can be efficient at setting picks and rolling to the cage. He also exhibits a big shot from the perimeter, which could be a big asset when he gets his hands free.
With the projection that they’ll select Holden Garlent fourth overall, the Rush would have two top-20 talents that they can deploy on either end of the floor.