LAS VEGAS – San Diego guard Trey Kell says his mind has tried to stay on the court this week but a couple of distractions made that virtually impossible.
One was called Arizona. The other UCLA.
Kell, a 6-4 shooting guard from the class of 2014 who has been playing for the San Diego Allstars, picked up late offers from both the Wildcats and Bruins this week at the tail end of the July evaluation period.
Suddenly, Kell had to consider adding the two powers to a list of schools that includes San Diego State, Oregon and Gonzaga.
“My main focus was just basketball,” Kell said. “Of course, all the media talk about (the offers) and you see it on Twitter or Facebook or whatever. But I feel I’ve done a good job of staying humble and just playing basketball.”
The Allstars ended their Fab 48 appearance Saturday morning with a loss in their first championship bracket game, and Kell said he would take some time to sit down with his family and figure out a next step. He said he was unsure which schools he might visit, though he said Arizona deserved consideration.
“Arizona’s a school that any basketball player would consider,” Kell said. “Coach (Sean) Miller is a great coach. He has a players' system where they have that freedom that every player wants so it’s hard to look past that especially with what they’ve accomplished.”
The California Supreme’s run through the Las Vegas Classic stopped in the round of 16 tonight when it lost to Team Texas. The Supreme, which is coached by Miles Simon and has Arizona commit Parker Jackson-Cartwright and a number of other UA targets, had just three hours of rest from their previous game (Team Texas had four).
The Oakland Soldiers, with 2014 UA target Stanley Johnson, cruised into the Las Vegas Classic quarterfinals, however, and will play next at 11:15 a.m. Sunday.
Craig Victor and the New Orleans Elite are out of the Super 64, having lost in the round of 16 Saturday afternoon while 2015 UA target Isaiah Briscoe had a team-high 19 points as the New Jersey Playaz lost to Team Takeover in the new TheEight tournament.
Crammed in a brief visit to watch Briscoe on my way to the Las Vegas airport this evening, gambling successfully that the security lines wouldn't be bad on a Saturday night, and it was worthwhile. The well-built shooting guard forced some things but generally played well before a small crowd at the private Impact Basketball court, definitely a different atmosphere than the usual tournament games at high school gyms.
FWIW, my totals during a fun but draining 56-hour stay in Las Vegas: Four tournaments covered, 18 games attended (or parts thereof), eight gyms visited, 29 interviews conducted and 173 rental car miles driven...