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Coach of Arizona Wildcats prospect must also go against him in high school

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Arizona recruiting target Trey Kell has concluded his AAU career as he heads into his senior season in high school at San Diego (WILDABOUTAZCATS.net photo)

Arizona recruiting target Trey Kell has concluded his AAU career as he heads into his senior season in high school at San Diego (WILDABOUTAZCATS.net photo)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — After coaching San Diego shooting guard prospect Trey Kell for most of the last three years in AAU tournaments, San Diego All-Stars Pump ‘N Run coach Marshawn Cherry is not looking forward to coaching twice against him in the upcoming high school season.

Kell, who received a scholarship offer from Arizona on Thursday night here, will be a senior at St. Augustine’s High School this season. Cherry coaches at rival school Mission Bay in San Diego.

“They are in our league so I see him two times a year and I watch him play when we’re not playing,” Cherry told me after his Pump ‘N Run team was eliminated from the Las Vegas Fab 48 Tournament this morning.

“Afterwards, our families and other players go out and talk about the games and what not. He’s like a little brother. … Yeah, I have to coach against him, and it sucks.”

Cherry managed to crack a smile after the emotional loss at Bishop Gorman High School this morning. Cherry said he has known most of the players on the team for at least five years, including Kell.

I asked Cherry to offer a scouting report on Kell (6-4, 195) as an opposing coach.

“We try to keep the ball out of his hands,” Cherry said. “It’s tough because he does so much. If we chase him off screens, he’s pretty good about coming around and getting free with the backdoor.

“He can get a rebound and score. He can score in so many ways. They post him up against us. He does whatever is necessary to win. You might take one thing away, but he can come through with something else.”

WILDABOUTAZCATS.net publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He also writes blogs for Lindy’s College Sports, TucsonCitizen.com and Sports Illustrated-sponsored site ZonaZealots.com.

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