Following in the footsteps of Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury, 6-foot senior guard Jose Alvarado announced on Thursday that he would be taking the same journey the aforementioned former NBAers took by going from NYC to Georgia Tech for college. The highly touted guard out of NYC’s Christ the King Regional High chose the Yellow Jackets over nearby Rutgers and Seton Hall.
Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner has his first recruit. Jose Alvarado, a three-star point guard from New York, announced his commitment to play for the Yellow Jackets Thursday afternoon.
Alvarado picked Tech over Rutgers and Seton Hall. Described as a ruthless competitor, Alvarado was the player of the year in the New York Catholic League as a junior last season at Christ the King in Brooklyn. ESPN rates him as the No. 32 point guard in the country.
“There are kids that win you games and kids that lose you games, and Jose just wins you games,” Andy Borman, Alvarado’s AAU coach, said in August. “He just makes plays. He’s as tough and competitive a kid as I’ve ever coached, and I’ve coached some pretty darn good players.”
Alvarado can sign in the early signing period in November. It’s the hope of Tech coaches that Alvarado’s commitment might build some momentum and help convince other prospects to join Pastner’s rebuild. Alvarado’s commitment leaves five scholarships available going into 2017-18. Tech is pursuing a number of seniors, including Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy center Ikechukwu Obiagu, Pace Academy forward Wendell Carter and Pebblebrook High guard Collin Sexton.
“I’ve coached over 85 Division I players that have played in every conference – ACC, Pac-12, SEC, Big East,” said Borman, who was a walk-on at Duke. “Jose can play in any conference and help you win games, even in the ACC, and we all know the ACC is a monster.”