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Chance of a Lifetime: QND's Fitch to walk on at SLU

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QND's Alex Fitch plans to try out for the SLU basketball team after being swayed by Billikens head coach Jim Crews. QND's Alex Fitch plans to try out for the SLU basketball team after being swayed by Billikens head coach Jim Crews.

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- Alex Fitch figured his final basketball game at Quincy Notre Dame would be the last of his career.

But a few weeks back he got a phone call.

Fitch didn't answer and let it go to voicemail.

It turns out the caller was Saint Louis University basketball coach Jim Crews.

Fitch later returned the call and Crews said he wanted Fitch to walk on at SLU, and the two-time All-State guard obliged giving him the opportunity of a lifetime.

"I thought maybe it was a prank call or something because that's just kind of unbelievable. As soon as I settled down for a little bit and gave him a call back, he talked to me and said, 'There's definitely a spot for you to try out,'" Fitch said. 

"There was nothing that was guaranteed to me, just an opportunity to walk on and that's something by itself that I couldn't pass up. Even if I'm the guy the student chant to come in (to the game) when they're up 30 (points), anything I can make out of this would mean a lot to me."

Now it's time to get back in the gym in hopes of earning a roster spot with the Billikens.

Fitch says he will meet with Crews during his freshman orientation this summer to get a workout regimen.

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