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Basketball Recruiting: 2017 PG Jose Alvarado Commits to the Jackets

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Josh Pastner and staff picked up his first commitment in the 2017 class, gaining the pledge of highly touted NYC point guard Jose Alvarado.

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Thursday afternoon, broadcasting from Christ the King High School in Queens, New York, Jose Alvarado made a lot of Georgia Tech fans very happy. With his commitment to coach Pastner and the rest of the staff, he committed to being the first piece of a major rebuild underway in Atlanta.

Despite rumors Alvarado wanted to stay close to home, he ended up choosing the Jackets over Rutgers and Seton Hall. He also had interest from Syracuse, VCU, St. Johns, Baylor, Indiana, and others. When Jose took his official visit to Atlanta in August, he was blown away by the campus and facilities. He recognized the rich tradition Georgia Tech has for point guards and was impressed with what coach Pastner is doing to try and bring that tradition back.

On the court, Alvarado is the type of player that everyone wants to play with. Alvarado’s game is best described by two words: floor general. He steps on the court with the intention of out-working everyone else around him and makes all his teammates better. On the EYBL circuit this summer, Alvarado led his team with 5.2 APG and added 11 PPG. On the defensive side of the ball, he also added in a pair of steals per game.

Beyond his impact on the floor, Alvarado’s impact on other Tech recruits cannot be understated. The Jackets are heavily involved with his AAU teammate Jordan Nwora and other recruits of interest will drool at the thought of playing with a point guard like Alvarado. As of Alvarado’s commitment, Georgia Tech had already picked up a 247 crystal ball prediction for Nwora. With 14 players from GA in the Rivals150, 2017 class has the opportunity to be massive for the Jackets. However, for many elite players, it’s difficult for them to buy into a rebuild if they don’t have other top recruits playing alongside them. Jose has gotten the metaphoric snowball rolling and there’s no telling where it could lead from here.

Watch the replay of the announcement via Periscope below.

Kenny Anderson and Coach Tavaras Hardy are happy with the newest GT commitment.

All the big time recruiting analysts chimed in on the latest pickup. “Yeah, Josh Pastner can close.”

Finally, Tech fans were pretty happy with how things played out!