Huntington Prep’s Slazinski signs with Louisville
HUNTINGTON — Huntington Prep boys basketball star Quinn Slazinski said he looks forward to being a part of the new University of Louisville basketball team.
The Louisvile Cardinals were hit hard by NCAA sanctions stemming from rules violations under former head coach Rick Pitino, but Slazinski said those days are gone and new coach Chris Mack has Louisville on the track back to national prominence. Mack came to U of L from Xavier University after Pitino was fired.
“It’s just a special place,” Slazinski said Friday before a signing ceremony in the gym at Huntington St. Joe High School. “I trust the coaches there. It’s a program that’s building and features a coach who will be in the Hall of Fame one day. It was just a perfect fit for me.”
Born in Michigan, Slazinski and his family moved to Houston when he was in sixth grade. Slazinski stood out in baseball and basketball and played for the Houston Lakers, the No. 1-ranked travel baseball team in the nation at the time. He decided in seventh grade, however, to concentrate on basketball, a move that has paid off for the 6-foot-8, 205-pound small forward.
“I got too big to play shortstop,” Slazinski said, with a laugh. “When I told my parents I wanted to quit baseball and focus on basketball, my dad couldn’t believe it, but it’s worked out for me.”
Slazinski chose Louisville over offers from Michigan State, Xavier, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. He was recruited by several other major programs, including California, DePaul, Georgia Tech, Houston, Maryland, Ohio State, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Slazinski said he plans to major in psychology.
“How the mind works always has been interesting to me,” Slazinski said. “My mom has a masters in psychology and I like to find out how people think.”
Even though Slazinski loves basketball, he said it is not his life.
“Other than because of my height, nobody believes I play basketball,” Slazinski said. “I like to take a break from it. I like movies and comedy and things other than basketball.”