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Shooting guard Trey Kell's rise hits crescendo in Las Vegas

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

LAS VEGAS -- If we're going to discuss Trey Kell's ascendance as a national prospect, last weekend in Las Vegas might have been the crescendo.

Virginia offered. Then Arizona offered. Then UCLA offered.

And to think his story started before last school year with zero offers.

“It's risen a lot,” Kell said of his own stock as a prospect. “Going to these big-time camps over the summer. It's good to get recognition. Before that, I never really went outside of California except for the two Vegas tournaments. But this year, we went all around. It gave me that national recognition, and people are beginning to notice me.

He's up to more than 20 offers, including the three mentioned above. Vanderbilt, San Diego State, Boston College, UC-Irvine and San Diego are among the other schools that have extended scholarship offers. Michigan, Marquette and Georgetown are showing interest, while programs like North Carolina and Gonzaga evaluated him at games in Vegas.

The Arizona offer caught a lot of people's attention.

“I was excited,” Kell said. “It's a high-major program in a big-time conference. They have a great coach in Sean Miller. He's a player's coach, he lets you play with that freedom that every basketball player wants.”

With that said, hometown program San Diego State is making the biggest push for the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from St. Augustine (Calif.).

“They're close to home -- they're like five minutes from my house,” Kell said. “I have a great relationship with the coaching staff. They have a very good crowd and arena, very good group of people. It's just a school I've always liked growing up.”

Kell is not overly explosive or athletic, but he is a smooth scorer who finds ways to get off his shot from mid-range or at the basket. He's also a knockdown perimeter shooter who plays under control on a consistent basis. Kell isn't a point guard, but he found teammates and showed good vision. He's ranked No. 110 in the 247Sports Composite ranking, but expect that number to go up at the next update.

His story isn't close to over just yet.

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