When 2019 forward Quinn Slazinski switched over to the Houston Hoops AAU program, little did he know that the move would be paving the way to his ninth scholarship offer. The former coach of that program, Chris Walker, is now an assistant at California, and extended an offer to Slazinski on Tuesday.
"I knew he had a good coaching career, so playing for him meant a lot to me," Slazinski said on Wednesday. "He's a outstanding coach, and it was great feeling when he offered me. He's been around the Houston basketball scene, but I hadn't met him until i joined the team."
At 6-foot-7, 195 pounds, Slazinski is already a sizable force on the court, with three more years to develop before he hits the college court for the first time.
"There in a big time conference, and have had a couple draft picks in the past years," Slazinski said of Cal. "I know they like long athletic guards, and I feel like I'd fit right in to the system at Cal."
Last summer, Slazinski participated in a Pangos All-American camp in Southern California, and he intends to attend, again, this June, and then swing up to Berkeley to check out Walker and the Cal campus.
"Cal is an amazing school," Slazinski said. "I loved California when I was out there for the Pangos All-American Camp, and I hope to check out the school soon. I was extremely excited."
Slazinski has a high academic profile, with a 3.69 cumulative grade point average, thanks to the stress put on schooling by his parents -- a mother who went to Michigan State and a business salesman father who played football at Grand Valley State.
"My parents always stressed school over basketball," Slazinski said. "They taught me since I was young that basketball isn't forever, and grades are going to set me on the right path in life."