Posted Monday, February 27th, 2017

Scholarship Recognizes Athletic and Academic Success

(l/r) Jack Martin, Ranell Bell, and Jack Sullivan

(l/r) Jack Martin, Ranell Bell, and Jack Sullivan

Ranell Bell, of Rockaway, a first-year player on the County College of Morris men’s basketball team, who is averaging over 20 points per game this season, has been awarded the college’s annual Jack Martin Scholarship.

The award is named in  honor of CCM’s retired and long-time Athletic Director Jack Martin.

“Ranell is a quality student-athlete who embodies all of the qualities one would expect for such an honor,” said Jack Sullivan, current Director of Athletics. “While his on-the-court work ethic and performance make him a worthy candidate, it is his hard work in the classroom and service to our country that makes him a hands-down choice.”

After graduating from Morris Hills High School, Bell served three years in the U.S. Army. Upon leaving the Army, he attended Misericordia College but then decided to return home and enrolled at CCM.CCM: Ranell Bell of Rockaway Honored with Annual Jack Martin Scholarship

During his first semester, he made the Garden State Athletic Conference All Academic Team. To qualify for that recognition, student-athletes must have a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.

The $1,000 scholarship was presented to Bell by Martin during a break in the Morris County high school boys’ basketball tournament at CCM on Feb. 18.

Martin served as the first director of Athletics at CCM from 1968 – 2002.  He also was the head Men’s Basketball coach. He amassed 569 victories as head coach, won numerous region championships and advanced to several national tournaments. He was inducted into the National Association of Two Year College Athletic Administrators’ Hall of Fame.

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