Brooklyn Native Has High D-1 Interest

Russ Blake reports from California on a Brooklyn born forward who now has high division one interest in his skills ...

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Angel Alamo didn't have much of a reputation when he arrived at Riverside C.C. in California, but he's quickly developing one.

A skilled 6-8, 210-pound power forward from Brooklyn, N.Y., Alamo was one of seven Tiger players to hit for double figures on Tuesday night as Riverside opened with a 124-71 victory over the L.A. Storm at the 36th Annual Wells Fargo/Riverside Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Alamo scored 14 points and grabbed five rebounds as the Tigers enjoyed a laugher over the Air Force Base squad. He showed good mobility, agility and offensive skills facing the basket, but he didn't show much of a game with his back to the basket and shied away from physical play in the low box.

"Angel is a mismatch guy at the next level, because he can put it on the deck and face up," noted Riverside Head Coach John Smith. "He's just not used to playing with his back to the basket."

Alamo has already picked up scholarship offers from both Sacramento State and UC-Riverside. Since it's located in town, he attended Midnight Madness festivities at UC-Riverside.

With a dearth of available big men on the recruiting landscape this winter, higher level programs are beginning to contact Smith to inquire about Alamo. Alamo's recent 41 point, 15 rebound performance against Mt. San Jacinto College didn't hurt his cause, either.

Smith said that Purdue, Nebraska and Pittsburgh are among the higher level programs to express interest in Alamo. Stony Brook of the America East Conference, which is located not too far from Alamo's Brooklyn roots, has also inquired.

After last attending Prospect Heights H.S. in Brooklyn, Alamo followed quite the circuitous path to Riverside. He spent a year at Mt. Olive Prep (now North Atlanta Prep) in Marietta, Ga., during the 2003-2004 season.

Academics necessitated that Alamo move on to the JC ranks, and he began last year at the City College of San Francisco in Northern California. After a semester there and just a handful of games, Alamo left and resurfaced last January at Riverside.

"Angel is on a pace to graduate," Smith said. "But he is definitely going to need some summer courses to finish up."

A very good low major and conceivable mid-major prospect, Alamo's recruitment is likely to evolve quite a bit in the coming months. We will keep you posted on his situation as the spring signing period approaches.

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