Dec 19, 2013 1:34 AM by Bill Halter

A Royal Talent

The Mission Prep Christmas Classic starts on Wednesday and as always a number of future Division-1 college basketball players will be on display. The host team will have one of the biggest attractions. Mission Prep junior point guard Quinton Adlesh is off to a hot start in leading the Royals to a 4-1 record. The do-everything player is averaging 24 points, 5-rebounds, 5-steals and 4.5 assists during his third season as a varsity player.

Adlesh is a more complete player this season, "I put a lot of time in the weight room this year. I knew I was going to have to be more of a defensive stopper this year and that required more physicality" said Adlesh.

Mission Prep head coach, Terrance Harris credits Adlesh for making his job easier. Harris says it's Adlesh's team this year and the point guard is setting a great example for the rest of the team. "What I like most about Quinton is that he doesn't rely on talent alone. He is a very hard working athlete, he loves the game of basketball, he works on his craft regularly and he doesn't settle for, oh I'm doing well. He always wants to do better" said Harris.

Adlesh plays with a drive and determination that rubs off on teammates. Junior guard, Brandon Jones has been playing with him since they were first graders. "Always the hardest worker, always wanted to push not only himself but all of his teammates. He never lets you not go 100 percent" said Jones about Adlesh.

Adlesh is a one sport star for the Royals despite having open roster spots waiting for him on the football and baseball teams. He's focused on being the best he can be on the basketball court as it's the sport that will likely pay for his college. "If you really are focused on perfecting your craft, it could be anything, it could be school, it could be an artist. For me it's basketball and it's just something I love to do and I come every day trying to get better" said Adlesh.

Adlesh already has a scholarship offer from Cal Poly and with the way he's playing, surely there will be many more to come.

Mission Prep plays a challenge game against Crespi on Wednesday night at 7:30pm. The Royals open tournament play on Thursday against Cypress Bay at 7:00pm.



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