San Diego prospect Trey Kell earns scholarship offer from Arizona Wildcatsby Javier Morales on Jul. 26, 2013, under Sports
– New Arizona Wildcats recruit blossoming into elite shooting guard
LAS VEGAS — Arizona coach Sean Miller made it certain to give his undivided attention to watching San Diego shooting-guard prospect Trey Kell on Thursday night at the Las Vegas Fab 48 AAU event at Bishop Gorman High School.
Miller and his staff had yet to offer a scholarship to Kell, an effective perimeter shooter with size (6-4, 195 pounds). Scouting Kell — already offered a scholarship by Colorado, Oregon, USC, San Diego State and Gonzaga — required no distractions for Miller when Kell’s San Diego All-Stars (SDA) Pump N’ Run team faced Nevada Select.
Miller was seated on the sideline near where the college coaches entered the gym. First came BYU coach Dave Rose, to whom Miller said politely, “There he is” and shook his hand. Next approaching him with a handshake was ASU assistant Larry Greer, whose boss, Herb Sendek, walked by and patted Miller on the shoulder before taking a seat near midcourt.
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher, who welcomed UA transfer Angelo Chol into his program in May, walked by Miller without interruption. Perhaps Fisher was thinking to himself that he must now contend with Miller and the other high-profile coaches in the gym for Kell’s services. He knows that, Chol, a San Diego product, picked Arizona out of high school instead of staying home with his program.
Some other coaches in plain view of the court where Kell played included North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Kansas’ Bill Self, USC’s Andy Enfield and UCLA assistant Ed Schilling.
Miller remained seated near the entrance until CBS broadcaster Seth Davis (you remember him, the one who picked Belmont to upset Arizona in the first round of the NCAA tournament) stood almost in front of him, networking with Enfield. Miller left his seat and moved to behind the basket to keep his focus on the game.
SDA coach Marshawn Cherry told me tonight that Miller and Arizona’s staff did not contact him about Kell until earlier this week after a practice. They observed Kell play last weekend at the Double Pump Summer Tip-Off Tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
Knowledgeable basketball writer Frank Burlison labels Kell as one of the “very best shooting guard prospects in the West”. More college coaches are coming to that understanding.
“Trey’s recruitment from most of the colleges really picked up in April,” Cherry told me about Kell, whose three-star rating by Rivals.com will unquestionably reach four by the start of his senior season at San Diego St. Augustine in November.
“He has really developed well after being on (SDA’s) ‘B’ team three years ago. He has worked hard and his game has really taken off because of that. He went from being a bench player to leading his team to a state title in only two years. It’s a great story.”
Kell led St. Augustine to its first state title scoring more than half of his team’s points. He scored 30 in the 59-52 overtime win over San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral in the Division III championship game in March. He fits Miller’s style by playing physical despite being a shooting guard. He grabbed 11 rebounds in the title game in March.
Miller came away impressed enough Thursday night at Bishop Gorman that he offered Kell a scholarship over the phone a few minutes afterward, Cherry told me. News of the scholarship offer became public early this morning. UCLA offered Kell a scholarship later this afternoon after Steve Alford watched him play.
After Kell’s AAU season comes to an end this weekend, the next step in his progression is scheduling his official recruiting trips this fall. Miller and his staff will attempt to have Arizona be one of the schools Kell visits.
“Arizona has a great coach with Sean Miller,” Kell told WildcatAuthority.com. “He’s a players’ coach. He lets you play with that freedom that every basketball player wants. It’s very exciting for me.”
WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.