The three-point shooting including Utah, Seton Hall, St. John’s and Colorado.
After a visit to USC, it wasn’t a difficult decision, he said. “I was ecstatic. I got to meet the staff, meet the players. I was sold on everything they had to offer.”
“He’s a great addition to our team,” said USC Associate Head Coach Jason Hart. “We are really excited to have him and his leadership. His strengths are toughness, shooting and experience. I think he is a wonderful human being.”
“I’ve worked hard since high school with the goal of playing at college,” said Adlesh. “The work catapulted me into my senior year. I worked on the things I wasn’t good at and received so much support from family and close friends.”
He gave credit to several people, including Mission’s coach Terrance Harris. “He helped me with a maturation process on and off the court.”
Adlesh said he got off to a good start in Middle School, learning the basics in former Cal Poly star Mike Wozniak’s 3Ball Academy. “He helped me understand the game a lot better. He helped me play within a system and he taught me mental toughness and perseverance.”
He is also grateful for the help of Columbia assistant coach Kenny Blakeney, who recently landed the job as head coach at Howard specialist, who has already earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, led the Ivy League with treys and averaged 13.5 points per game last season. The streak shooter scored a career-high 24 points during a barrage of five three-pointers against Longwood University, Virginia. He also nailed six threes against the Bryant University Bulldogs.
Under the NCAA’s Grad-Transfer Program, he was able to move to USC for his senior season without having to sit out a year. He will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Project Management. Adlesh described it as a business analysis program. “You learn how to manage and follow through on projects in whatever field that might be.”
“I’m excited to be here,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to play at a high level and do something new. I’m happy to be close to my family so they can see me play.
“They recruited me for my ability to shoot, so I’m always going to look for my shot. I’d like to be able to make plays for other guys and lead by example, limiting mental mistakes, making maximum effort.”
Adlesh has made an immediate impact. He was recently named co-captain along with Jonah Mathews, a senior guard. “One of my goals this year was to be a leader for the team, on and off the court,” he said, ”so it feels good to be recognized by my teammates and coaches. I think my experiences and approach to putting the team first are why I was selected. We have a young, talented team and I want to do whatever I can to help them improve. All of the younger guys are very mature, so I have really just tried to show up every day and work hard to set a good example.”
Once he announced that he intended to go the grad-transfer route, about a dozen Division I colleges came calling from east and west, University. “He helped me with understanding ways to motivate people.”
His top memory at Mission was a CIF playoff victory against Chaminade High School that went down to the buzzer. “What made it special was so many people in the community came out to support us,” he said.
After the transfer went through in May, he was able to take advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Spain and France free of charge for a team sightseeing trip and three exhibition games in August. The on-court highlight was in Cannes, France, where he scored 18 points in one game against a Lithuanian Select team, including five three-point bombs.
“It was incredible,” he said. “We were able to experience new cultures and experience time with my teammates at historic places. It gave me the travel bug to go back. It was an opportunity to bond. We have a lot of new players (eight).”
On the basketball court during the excursion, the Trojans defeated French Select 90-67, Lithuania 105-83 and Spanish Select 102-51.
“There is a lot of good talent,” said Adlesh. “Everyone seems to play unselfishly. It’s been fun so far.”
Onboard for this season is Isaiah Mobley, a five-star (the highest rating) 6-10, 235 pound forward from Rancho Christian High in Temecula. Another five-star is Onyeka Okongwu from Chino Hills High. He is a devastating 6-9, 235-pound earthquake forward-center. Also in the fold is 6-8, 180 pound forward Max Agbonkpolo, a four-star from Santa Margarita Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita.
Already committed for next year is Mobley’s brother, Evan, currently the No. 1 high school prospect in America. He is 7-feet tall.
The Trojans also have returning senior starters Nick Rakocevic (6-11, 225-pound forward) and Mathews (6-3, 205), a shooting guard.
“Our goal is to get off to a good start in non-conference and when league comes around to be clicking on all cylinders,” said Adlesh. “The ultimate goal is to make the NCAA tourney and win the Pac-12 title.”
It would be momentous. The last time the Trojans won an outright league title was 1961 when Santa Maria graduate John Rudometkin led the way. The Trojans did tie for a championship in 1985.
“USC is knocking on the door,” said Adlesh. “This group this year has a good shot.”
His parents, Mary and Steve, live in Arroyo Grande. Quinton has three brothers, Nolan, Brannon and Ryan. USC starts the season at home on November 5th against Florida A&M.