Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Analysis: Kell a big pickup for Aztecs
By Joel Francisco
Trey Kell (San Diego/St. Augustine) is yet another example of the notion of "it's not where you start out, it's where you end up."
Kell was a virtual unknown during his junior campaign. Most pundits didn't feel he was a high-major player, let alone a Top 100 player, but we felt differently. And after a scintillating spring and summer, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Arizona would join San Diego State in the Kell sweepstakes.
ESPN 100 prospect Trey Kell's persistence and hard work will be very beneficial for San Diego State.
After taking his five official visits (Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Oregon, Arizona, and San Diego State), Kell narrowed his decision to San Diego State and Vanderbilt. The Aztecs have always been the team to beat, as they have been on Kell the longest as well as being the hometown school. In other words, Kell wasn't leaving San Diego.
In the years covering high school prospects, Kell was one of the more enjoyable rides. In a day and age when most kids become well-known commodities early on in the process, it was nice to know that there are still stories out there like Kell where hard work and persistence pays off in the end.
Kell will be a welcomed addition to the Aztecs program for a number of reasons. First of all, he is a prolific shooter with a high basketball IQ. He is also one of the few players in the country that plays with an even keel and values efficiency as a major trademark to his game. He moves very well without the ball, rebounds at both ends, and his passing ability is underrated.
The Aztecs play an up-tempo style and have a roster chock full of athletes. Kell can come in and team up with fellow 3-point shooter Matt Shrigley to keep defenses from collapsing in the lane in the half-court.
Although the Commodores, led by tenacious recruiter Yanni Hafnagel, made a valiant effort to lure Kell to the SEC, Kell's family ties as well as proximity to the campus made the Aztecs the ideal choice in the end. Now with Kell in the fold as well as the talented Kevin Zabo, Steve Fisher's Aztecs should remain in the upper echelon of the Mountain West Conference.