2005 Focus: Kyle McAlarney

Not too many people know much about Kyle McAlarney, but that's all starting to change - quickly. The Staten Island junior floor leader already has a pair of official visits scheduled for next week and could make a decision shortly thereafter.

So, you're a recruiting junkie and think you know just about everyone on the national radar? Well, what do you know about Kyle McAlarney.

Probably not much despite the fact he put up 35 points per game as a junior this past season at Moore Catholic (N.Y.) in Staten Island, N.Y.

TheInsidersHoops.com had a chance to see McAlarney at the Playaz Spring Fling earlier this month and the 6-1, 180-pound floor leader showed he can score in a variety of ways, changes directions well, makes his teammates better and also possesses some of the same leadership skills as another northeast floor general – Duke-bound Greg Paulus.

``His work ethic is phenomenal," said Jersey Shore coach Tony Sagona, who also coached former Irish players Troy Murphy and Matt Carroll. "He has great range and is very strong. What people don't realize, because of his numbers in high school, is that he is a great passer. He likes to run and he sees the floor well."

Notre Dame went up to see McAlarney this past season and the Irish were really the only big-time school in the mix. Ivy's such as Yale and Columbia were the most active.

But now that's changed. N.C. State jumped in a couple weeks ago and new St. John's head man Norm Roberts wasted little time in offering McAlarney a scholarship.

``It's all been overwhelming because I went from being a mid-major guy to all of the sudden where schools are coming at me," McAlarney said. "It's real confusing."

McAlarney is taking a pair of official trips next week - to Notre Dame on Monday and Tuesday and then he'll head to N.C. State for the next two days. Once he returns, he'll likely set up a visit to check out nearby St. John's.

McAlarney, who boasts a 93 average and a test score in excess of 1200, also said that he's considering Wake Forest and Rutgers.

``I'm still open-minded to everybody," added McAlarney, who also said he'd like to get the decision done fairly quickly if possible.


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