Alvarado on Indiana: 'My first big school'

A point guard who knows how to win is a point guard in demand. That's why Indiana, Syracuse and several Big East programs are in pursuit of Jose Alvarado.

A point guard who knows how to win is a point guard in demand. That's the case with Christ the King (NY) rising senior Jose Alvarado.

Unranked and listed at just 6-foot-0 and 160 pounds, the schools that zeroed in on the Queens area player is an impressive one.

"Hearing mostly from Seton Hall, Rutgers, Syracuse, VCU,  Indiana and Georgia Tech. That is it right now," Alvarado said. "Georgia Tech is the new one right now. They haven't talked to me yet."

Alvarado spoke to while competing with his NY Rens team in Las Vegas during the final July evaluation period.

His recruiting is still rounding into shape. Syracuse jumped in during July although the Orange have not yet offered. New Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner did offer just before July was over.

"I plan on taking visits but I don't really know where yet," Alvarado said. "I think Syracuse is going to get an unofficial visit there, but that is it right now."

Indiana watched him back in 2015. Hoosier assistant Chuck Martin has been to Christ the King and the Queens area on more than one occasion.

"They were my first big school, actually," Alvarado said. "They've stuck around since then so they've been around since the beginning."

The school and early interest seem to be a good match in his mind.

"Obviously a great place to go. Great staff with great people around them. They think I can fit their program," Alvarado said.

As a junior he averaged 15.4 points and helped the NYC area powerhouse school advance to the Intersectional semifinals.

In Nike EYBL action for the Rens he averaged 11.4 points and was among the top four leaders in assists at 5.3 per game.His assist to turnover ratio was over 2.5 to 1.

"Jose is just the best," said NY Rens coach Andy Borman. "If you want a kid that is going to just win you basketball games, then Jose is your type of kid." 

"He's a competitor, a pure winner.  I don't think he's lost very many games there at Christ the King or with the New York Rens. Wherever he goes they will win because he won't let them lose."

Alvarado knows that intangible is his greatest strength.

"I tell everybody this. I am not the most athletic, not the best shooter, the best shooter, but I bet you I win the game."


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Note Jeff Rabjohns contributed to this report Top Stories