Bell OK'd for Tech basketball return

D'Andre Bell has been cleared by his doctor to return for his senior season, Tech men's basketball coach Paul Hewitt said on Tuesday.

Bell, who averaged 6.6 points and 2.1 rebounds during the 2007-08 season, had surgery to correct a spinal condition. He took a redshirt last season.

"I'm an optimistic person, and I am huge on speaking things into existence," Bell said in a statement. "Though negative thoughts may have crossed my mind at times, I never uttered that I would never play again, and the end result is a second chance."