Mission Prep’s scoring and assist leader from last year’s boys basketball team has been offered a full-ride scholarship by the Cal Poly coaching staff.
Quinton Adlesh, a 6-foot guard entering his junior season this year, received the offer Wednesday morning from Cal Poly head coach Joe Callero, Adlesh said.
Adlesh told The Tribune he attended Cal Poly’s elite camp for top high school players Monday and Tuesday.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to play locally,” Adlesh said. “I’ve always watched the Cal Poly team growing up.”
As a sophomore, Adlesh led the Royals with 15.8 points and 4.1 assists per game. He was second on the team in rebounds (4.7) and steals (2.3).
The Royals went 24-9 and advanced to the CIF-Southern Section Division 5AA championship game where they lost to Buckley.
“Cal Poly had been talking to me about him, checking in on him, and coming to games last year,” Mission Prep coach Terrance Harris said. “He’s a very competitive kid who embraces competition and the big moment.”
Adlesh drained five 3-pointers in the section championship game and had 24 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.
“Blessed beyond measure,” Adlesh tweeted Wednesday after meeting with Callero and assistant coach Sam Kirby. “One of the best days of my life. I just reviewed my first D1 scholarship offer from Cal Poly.”
Harris said Adlesh wants to be known for being more than a scorer, and he has worked hard to improve his defense.
“He’s working hard to be a stopper and to really get out and guard guys on the perimeter,” Harris said.
Complemented this past season by senior standouts Andy Rowley, who’s joining Cal Poly as a preferred walk-on, and 6-foot-5 center Connor Woolpert, Adlesh was among three
key scoring options for the Royals.
Harris said next year will be different in that Adlesh, for the first time, will be “the go-to guy” in the Royals offense.
Adlesh said he is ready for the challenge and is slated to take over the point guard position in place of Rowley after playing shooting guard last year.
“As a team, we’ve been working hard in the offseason,” Adlesh said. “I may need to take on more scoring and maybe some more roles on defense. But I will be focusing on getting everyone involved on the floor.”
Adlesh said Mission Prep’s program of a competitive environment among players with “similar goals” helped him develop.
To prepare for the point guard role not only at Mission Prep but also the college level, Adlesh said he’s worked hard on his ball handling. He’s striving to improve his lateral quickness as well.
Adlesh has been a varsity player for the Royals since his freshman year, starting on the team toward the end of the season. He averaged 7.8 points, four rebounds and 2.7 assists as a freshman.
Cal Poly’s Callero also recruited former Royal Zach Allmon, who accepted a scholarship offer and redshirted as a freshman last year.
But Allmon has since decided to transfer to the NAIA Vanguard University in Orange County, citing his desire to attend a Christian school.
Callero also made an effort to attend games of top local players, including Atascadero star Robbie Berwick and Righetti standout Cameron Walker, last year.
“Coach Callero has really gotten to know Mission Prep’s players as well as those from other schools on the Central Coast,” Harris said. “We’re not a big city area, but the results some of our local teams have had in CIF show that the Central Coast has talented players. There are a handful of Division I players in this area, and success breeds more success.”