Trey Kell didn't perform particularly well at the LeBron Skills Academy earlier this month, nor did he shine consistently at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June. He knew it and we knew it: Those two events matched against the nation's finest didn't serve as a reputation catapult they way he might have hoped.
But those were camps, and the Fab 48 is a travel team tournament. Competing with the San Diego All-Stars, Kell shot the lights out on Friday morning. And this after he played brilliantly a week ago at the Best of Summer tournament.
So what's the difference? According to Kell, it's all about format.
"I'm really a team oriented guy, and those camps it's all 'me first'," Kell said. "Everyone is trying to get their shots, and that's not how I play."
A lot of guys claim that's the case when they struggle, but Kell has proved to be highly effective in a more structured setting. It makes sense. He's an outstanding three-point shooter who also boasts a fine pull-up, yet he lacks the kind of explosive quickness needed to create his own shot consistently against high-major athletes.
Plenty of players fitting that description have enjoyed huge college careers, however, and coaches realize that. Hence, Kell's games increasingly feature representatives from major collegiate programs.
"It's getting bigger and bigger," Kell said. "I saw Michigan over there (this morning), and UCLA, Arizona and Georgetown now, too. I have offers from Colorado, Utah, Vanderbilt, LMU, San Diego State, Nevada and Boston College."
So there it is. Depending upon which of the largest schools offer, Kell may face a choice whether to play for a more glamorous program or staying closer to home. That choice won't be easy to resolve.
"For me, I'd really like to stay closer to home," he said. "But it's about the best fit for me, so it doesn't matter that much. I'm going to take my visits in September and October and figure it out then."