VISIT REPORT: 2016er Talks Cal Trip

After discovering him at a summer AAU event in San Francisco, the Cal basketball program hosted a fast-rising sophomore from Fresno (Calif.) Clovis North on Saturday. Included is PREMIUM video from Slater's breakout tournament.

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." Top Stories