We’ve seen a lot of players come through our doors over the years, varying in appearance, skill level, and everything in between. We decided to put forth a series on some players who have attended events over the past few years but still remain on the lesser-known side of things. Each of these prospects embody being a student-athlete and getting it done in the classroom as well as on the basketball court, and today’s edition will take a closer look at Marcus Kell of Legion Collegiate Academy.
We’ve seen Kell numerous times, including at our most recent South Carolina Top 80, where we stated, “Moving onto a player that continues to make a pretty lasting impression as one of the best shooters in South Carolina, Marcus Kell. He’s a wiry, long-bodied forward prospect with knockdown spot-up ability from midrange and beyond the arc. Kell loves to move and relocate along the perimeter, but can also score quite effectively while facing or with his back to the basket. He moves well for his size and makes smart passes whenever possible. Kell knows how to operate within the team structure on both ends of the floor and never forces the action. Next in his development process is working to get stronger, as it would make him a tougher interior presence on both ends of the floor. Coach Bellamy on Kell: “Marcus really shot the ball well today. He showed that he can handle the ball in the open court and also rebounded well for his size. He’s very coachable!” Kell is a prospect that should only continue to trend upward and will start seeing an uptick in his recruitment sooner than later.”
Since then, very little has changed. Kell has maintained his identity as a major shooting threat with the ability to attack closeouts and effectively defend his position. He handles the ball well for his size and understands how to set up others or make the extra pass. Despite being a very useful offensive player, Kell is unselfish and does a great job of taking advantage of his opportunities within the flow of the team. He’s a smart, smooth inside-out forward with beautiful shooting mechanics. He has continued to add strength to his wiry frame, which should only make him a tougher rebounder and finisher through contact. Kell should already be a hot commodity for college coaches, but will have the chance to really shine during his upcoming junior season.