TERRE HAUTE, IN. – Indiana State senior TJ Bell has been reinstated to the Sycamore Basketball team, effective immediately, as first announced by head coach Greg Lansing on his weekly radio show on Monday evening.
Bell decided to step away from the program in mid-December, but requested to return to the program to complete his fifth and final season with Sycamore Basketball.
“I understand now that I made a mistake by deciding to step away from the Sycamore Basketball program earlier this season,” Bell said. “I feel extremely grateful to my teammates as well as coach Lansing, coach Gudino, coach Belcher and coach Parker for allowing this chance to continue my college basketball career. What I have found out over the last month is that I really need this team, more so than they need me. I’ve played basketball my entire life, and it has felt strange to not be in the game or with the team. I can’t thank everyone enough for giving me the opportunity to finish out my senior season the right way.”
Bell has played in 10 games for the Sycamores this season and is averaging 6.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He posted his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against nationally-ranked Iowa State. He added a career-best 17 points at home against Northern Illinois on November 30.
Indiana State returns to action tomorrow night when they host Missouri State in Missouri Valley Conference action inside Hulman Center. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. (ET).