Leading off the top 5 in the MW Countdown is San Diego State’s Trey Kell.
Kell, a junior guard from San Diego, was a key cog in the Aztec offense last season, leading SDSU in points per game and three-point shooting. Alongside Jeremy Hemsley (9th in the MW Countdown) and incoming Missouri transfer Montaque Gill-Caesar (named preseason newcomer of the year), the San Diego State backcourt will be a force to be reckoned with.
Look for Kell to rise up and guide the Aztecs this season on the offensive side. Despite the fourth-best defensive efficiency ranking in the country, SDSU narrowly missed the NCAA Tournament, mostly due to offensive hiccups from the first two months of the season that resulted in a lackluster 7-6 non-conference record. The Aztecs had 13 games in which it failed to record a team shooting percentage better than 40%.
Kell, who was named to the MWC preseason first team, is a primetime talent who can singlehandedly will the Aztecs to the NCAA Tournament. When making more than half of his three-point attempts last season, San Diego State was 10-0. SDSU was also 19-1 when Kell converted 40% or more of his field goal attempts. When he’s shooting the ball well, the Aztecs are impossible to beat.
- 5: Trey Kell, San Diego State
- 6: Jalen Moore, Utah State
- 7: Emmanuel Omogbo, Colorado State
- 8: Marcus Marshall, Nevada
- 9: Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego State
- 10: Nick Duncan, Boise State
- 11: Jason McManamen, Wyoming
- 12: Hayden Graham, Air Force
- 13: Malik Pope, San Diego State
- 14: D.J. Fenner, Nevada
- 15: Brandon Clarke, San Jose State
- 16: Karachi Edo, Fresno State
- 17: Lindsey Drew, Nevada
- 18: Cullen Russo, Fresno State
- 19: Zylan Cheatham, San Diego State
- 20: Trevor Lyons, Air Force
- 21: Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
- 22: Alan Herndon, Wyoming
- 23: Paris Austin, Boise State
- 24: Shane Rector, Utah State
- 25: Koby McEwen, Utah State