Nov. 9, 2016
THE FLATS – Successfully recruiting the New York area for the first time since the late 1990s, Georgia Tech received a letter-of-intent Wednesday from Brooklyn, N.Y., point guard Jose Alvarado, head coach Josh Pastner announced.
The reigning New York City Catholic League player of the year, the 6-foot point guard led Christ the King High School in Middle Village, N.Y., the No. 19 team in the nation entering the 2016-17 season, to the New York City title twice and his AAU team, the New York Rens, to the Peach Jam quarterfinals last summer. He follows a pair of legendary New York point guards into the Tech program — Kenny Anderson (1989-91) and Stephon Marbury (1995-96).
Alvarado, a three-star prospect described as a tough, gritty, pass-first point guard, is ranked the No. 9 player in the state of New York and No. 33 in the nation at his position by ESPN. He averaged 17 points and 6.5 assists per game as a junior for Christ the King, which fell in the Catholic League semifinals last season, and 11 points and five assists in his first season with the Rens.
“We’re excited about Jose joining the Georgia Tech family,” said Pastner. “He is a flat-out winner who is as tough and hard-nosed as any player out there in the 2017 class. He will be an excellent addition as a student-athlete here at Georgia Tech.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY
“He might not be as athletic as some of these other guards. But in a war, and you’re walking in to play North Carolina and Duke, that’s the difference. You want Jose Alvarado with you. He’s not backing down from anything.” — Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello.
“Jose is a winner. He will be an impact starter as a freshman. He has won at every level and will continue to do so at the highest level. His motor is unmatched. I’ve never coached a more competitive player.” — New York Rens coach Andy Borman.
“He brings a tremendous heart. He’d rather win than breathe. He plays the game to win. There are other guys who are more talented than him, but he’s about winning. His focus is on his team winning the game and I don’t think you can say that about everybody.” — Longtime New York City recruiting analyst Tom Konchalski
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