Pepperdine’s Keion Bell catapults to Internet fame as the Evel Knievel of hoop dunkers

This YouTube clip of Pepperdine sophomore Keion Bell’s staged dunk at the Waves’ Blue & Orange Madness event — the first practice of the season, at midnight last Friday — has ridden a wave of media madness over the last couple of days.

First, the incidentals of the clip — the 6-foot-3 Bell leaps over five teammates, four of which are 6-2 and the other 6-1. That doesn’t necessarily speak well of the depth of this Waves’ team, but it effectively works in Bell’s favor here. A year ago, as a freshman, he leaped over three teammates to do a similiar move.

Pepperdine Sports Information Director Roger Horne says a school employee shot the video from Firestone Fieldhouse and loaded it up. Since then, it has been show on ESPN “SportsCenter” top plays (No. 2, on Wednesday),’s “Hot Clicks” (linked here), Dime Magazine online (linked here), (linked here, which includes another dunk Bell did at a Kobe Bryant camp at LMU before), and it was a headline story on the Yahoo! home page.

The Pasadena High standout was named to the WCC All-Freshman team last year after averaging team bests of 12.9 points, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals.

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