N.C. State assistant Mark Phelps caught his first look at the Staten Island, N.Y., native a couple weeks ago at the Charlie Weber tournament in Washington D.C. and it's safe to say he fell in love with the 6-1, 180-pound scoring point guard.
McAlarney scores in a variety of ways, has terrific composure and simply makes people better. He'll still need to get stronger and quicker before he gets to college, but he could turn himself into one of the top floor leaders in the country before the end of the summer.
Prior to this month, McAlarney had been hearing mostly from Ivy League schools. Notre Dame saw him play at one of his high school games this past season and the Irish were basically the first high-major school to get involved.
Now other schools are starting to take notice – Wake Forest, St. John's and Rutgers have joined the fray, which includes N.C. State, Notre Dame, Columbia and Yale.
"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, who boasts a 93 average in the classroom, will attend ABCD Camp in New Jersey in July. He is looking forward to visiting N.C. State next week to find out more about the program and school.
"At this point, I don't really know much," McAlarney said. "I met with the coach when he came to visit. All I really know right now is that I like the coaches."
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