VISIT REPORT: 2016er Talks Cal Trip
Back in mid-July, while California assistant basketball coach Travis DeCuire was observing two young studs from the Northwest -- Isiah Brown and Dejounte Murray -- another player caught his eye.
He wasn't tall, and the biggest thing about him was his dreadlocks, but boy, could he defend.
"He's a heck of a defender. He's one of the best on-ball defenders I've seen, especially at his age. He frustrated everybody else I've seen him play," said former Stanford point guard Mitchell Johnson, coach of Murray and Brown's Seattle A+ team.
Over the past month and a half, the Bears began to do more research into this 2016 point guard prospect, who is, according to sources, one of the best on-ball defenders they've ever seen. Remember, of course, that this is the same staff that produced Jorge Gutierrez.
Out of Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North, Colin Slater has made a rapid rise from "Who's that kid causing all of those problems on defense?" to receiving letters and attention from all across the country.
"I have had a few schools talking to me," Slater said. "I've heard from pretty much the whole Pac-12, except for Oregon, and Tulane, Fresno State, Cal Poly, San Jose State, Colorado, Memphis, San Diego State, USC, UCLA – all the Pac-12, but I already said that – Harvard and Vanderbilt. I'm blessed."
On Saturday, Slater joined 2015 three-star power forward Chimezie Metu as guests of the basketball program – his first unofficial visit to any school. Slater – who's already taking an Advanced Placement class as a sophomore (World History) – got the grand tour.
"It was a lot of fun," Slater said. "I enjoyed the coaching staff. It was a mixture of different guys and I enjoyed it. They took me on a tour of the campus ... They showed me the whole campus. I saw the locker room, the main gym, the rec center gym, I saw the weight room, I saw the film room – I saw it all."
Slater had impressive numbers as a freshman. Along with his 3.3 GPA, he averaged 17 points, four rebounds and seven assists per game, along with a sparkling 46% shooting percentage from three-point range.
On Saturday, though, he was impressed with what the Bears showed him.
"It was pretty impressive," Slater said. "There's nothing like Cal, I'll tell you that much."
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