Back home in Chicago, Alex Rossi expects to decide on a new college basketball destination by the end of the week. The former Cal guard said he has offers from Valparaiso and Loyola-Chicago.
He is hoping not to have to sit out a year as a transfer after returning home because of private family issues. The NCAA can waive its transfer rule in the case of hardship situations, as it did a year ago when MoMo Jones went from Arizona to Iona to be closer to his ailing grandmother.
“I don’t think I’ll have to sit out, but I don’t know for sure,” Rossi said. “The schools I’m applying to are taking care of that.”
Valparaiso is on the Illinois-Indiana border, less than an hour from Chicago. “Both of them are a lot clsoer than California,” he said.
Rossi is awaiting word from the NCAA on whether he would be allowed to accept a scholarship from Loyola, where his godfather is employed.
He left for home on March 1 to be with his family, missing Cal’s final regular-season game, the Pac-12 and the NCAA tournaments.
In two years at Cal, he played just three games because of a lingering lower-abdominal injury.
“Being hurt is always frustrating,” he said. “I’m healthy now.”
Through it all, Rossi said he enjoyed his experience at Berkeley.
“It was great,” he said. “I met a lot of really good people, had some really cool experiences. I’d never been to California before. It was fun.”