This time a week ago, Alex Rossi was talking about how he was hoping to have a decision made on where he would attend college by the end of the month. After attending last week's prestigious NBPA Top 100 Camp, it turns out the Chicagoland product had gathered enough info to make his decision and pulled the trigger on a commitment to Mike Montgomery's California program.
After a solid, if not unspectacular, junior campaign, Rossi wasn't so sure that a high major offer would happen. But, a big time showing on the grassroots basketball circuit changed all of that.
"The Spring has gone great," said Rossi. "At the end of my high school season, my aau coach was kind of worried. He thought I might start looking at some smaller schools. Then I don't think I missed all spring and that got me a lot of looks."
Known primarily as a net stripper supreme who can bury threes from well beyond the three point line, Rossi is more versatile than given credit for. He can create some off the dribble and isn't a bad athlete either.
When looking at schools, it was a trip out West that confirmed what Rossi thought growing up.
"It was awesome, I loved it out there," said Rossi of his spring trip to Cal. "I love it out West. The weather is phenomenal. The coaching staff treated me like I was one of their players."
"I've always wanted to go out west. When I was little, I always liked the West coast teams."
With his college decision out of the way, Rossi now focusing on getting stronger and rounding out his game. Of course, he's already looking forward to his time at Cal both on and off the floor, even if he's not sure what he'll major in.
"Academics are huge," Rossi told Cal Sports Digest. "I've always wanted to use basketball to get into a school that I wouldn't be able to without it. I really don't know what it is I want to major in, there's business and I've always flirted with the idea of getting into sports medicine or something like that. I haven't thought too much about it yet."