Arizona Wildcats recruiting prospect may unofficially visit campus within two weeksby Javier Morales on Jul. 27, 2013, under Sports
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. — San Diego shooting-guard prospect Trey Kell did not hear from an Arizona coach until Tuesday, before his AAU team departed to Las Vegas to compete in a tournament. Now, he might unofficially visit the UA campus within the next two weeks.
“They want me to take an unofficial visit either next week or the week after,” Kell told me after his San Diego All-Stars Pump ‘N Run team was eliminated from the Las Vegas Fab 48 Tournament with a 47-43 loss to Juice All-Stars.
Arizona assistant Joe Pasternack called Kell on Tuesday and told him head coach Sean Miller would watch him in Las Vegas. Miller offered Kell a scholarship Thursday night after watching him play.
“I have to first sit down with my mom and see what she wants me to do,” Kell said about the potential unofficial visit. “Plus, it’s going to cost money. We have to first see if we will be able to afford that.”
Kell, who will be a senior at San Diego St. Augustine’s High School, first wants to take a week to rest his weary body and mind after training and playing a grueling AAU schedule since April.
He estimates that he has spent only four days without basketball since he led St. Augustine to the CIF Division III state title on March 22.
During the morning game today (tipoff was at 9:40 a.m.), Kell looked fatigued and a step slow. In the closing couple of minutes of the game, Kell made one strong move to the basket converting over two defenders. But he also was unable to finish on one breakaway layup. On the last possession with 20 seconds, Kell passed to a teammate instead of making an aggressive play.
A couple of nights earlier, with Miller and North Carolina coach Roy Williams in attendance at Bishop Gorman, Kell was all over the court showing a physical, aggressive style. His tired legs this morning made the normally efficient outside shooter go cold.
“I need to take a week off because I have not been able to take any time for what seems like forever,” Kell said. “I’m going to let my body recover a little bit before I head back to the gym.
“Everybody has to work on their game. I just have to work on the mechanics, shooting, dribbling … all of that. Try to refine that and help my basketball team.”
Kell, 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, will also line up his official visits by the end of August. After Arizona offered a scholarship Thursday morning, UCLA followed with one in the afternoon. Colorado, Oregon, USC, San Diego State and Gonzaga have already offered him a scholarship. Williams has discussed his interest about Kell with SDA coach Marshawn Cherry, Kell said.
“I want to sign in November,” Kell mentioned about the early signing period. “This process can get very overwhelming at times. Some people like all of the attention. I’m not a big attention person.
“Don’t get me wrong, I like being noticed. But I’m not much into getting a lot of calls all of the time, so I’m gonna try to narrow it down by September, figure it out and sign in November before my high school season starts.”