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October 1, 2013

Kell commits to San Diego State

San Diego State landed its biggest need in the 2014 recruiting class with the commitment of San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine shooting guard Trey Kell on Tuesday evening.

The No. 118 prospect in the nation, according to Rivals, spoke with SDSU head coach Steve Fisher this evening to give him the good news.

"They were very excited," athletic director of San Diego All-Stars Marshawn Cherry said. "He's always liked the Aztecs, they've been one of his top schools from the beginning. He really didn't want to go too far away from home. He loves San Diego, he's a San Diego kid. But he had some good offers and he and his family had to really, really look into them."

The San Diego State coaching staff offered him very early on in his recruitment, attended nearly all of his games during the evaluation periods and made sure he knew he was their priority recruit from the get-go. Kell, who saw his recruitment take off most prominently in July, took notice. The three-star prospect chose the Aztecs over big programs such as Arizona, Gonzaga, New Mexico, Oregon, Vanderbilt, UCLA and USC.

"SDSU was on him before anyone else was, pretty much," Cherry said. "Just their loyalty, their recruiting, showing how much that they really wanted him from day one, they did a really good job letting him know he'd be a big piece in what they're trying to do in the future.

"They were all very good programs to get an opportunity to play and receive good coaching, so I think this came down to a matter of the best fit and being comfortable with the players, programs and the coaches."

Kell considered making his final decision as recent as last week, with many believing Vanderbilt and SDSU were the two left standing, but he needed some time to think things through and make sure it was the right choice. His family played a big part in making sure that happened by laying everything out for him.

"His parents looked into every school and made sure he researched the opportunity of playing, style of play and everything else," Cherry said. "The fact that it's the local team and one of his favorite teams is what stood out above the others. It was hard for him, especially going back and forth, figuring out what he wanted to do and what was the best fit. So I guess he finally felt comfortable."

With seniors Xavier Thames, SDSU's top returning scorer, and Josh Davis, who averaged 17 points at Tulane last season, set to graduate this year, he will have a chance to contribute immediately as a freshman. Cherry expects Kell to be more than just a knockdown shooter, too.

"He's a low-key kid that just wants to play basketball, get in the gym and workout," he said. "Coach Fisher is getting a hard working student athlete with a great personality that's all about the team first. He will do whatever it takes for the team to win. He's a gym rat, he loves basketball and he's a great teammate. He's the kind of kid that can help take teams to the next level by things he does."

Trey Kell spring highlights from Agustin Gonzalez on Vimeo.

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