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.
"He'd rather win than breathe. I'd rather have him than some other guys who are more talented." Tom Konchalski on @AlvaradoJose15— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) September 15, 2016
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.
Congrats to Jose and his family!!! pic.twitter.com/3vZ9w49w9s— Joe Arbitello (@ctkcoachjarbs) September 15, 2016
Kenny Anderson and Coach Tavaras Hardy are happy with the newest GT commitment.
Congratulations to my school @GTMBB just landed a nyc pt guard about time!— Kenny Anderson (@chibbs_1) September 15, 2016
All the big time recruiting analysts chimed in on the latest pickup. “Yeah, Josh Pastner can close.”
Yeah, Josh Pastner can close. https://t.co/poVD8orv2j— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) September 15, 2016
Nice pickup by Josh Pastner and Georgia Tech. Tough kid who can be a key piece to rebuilding efforts. https://t.co/oVN2qosqKl— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) September 15, 2016
Jose Alvarado is the perfect PG to get things going at GT. Has all the intangibles to run a team. Now it's time to add more around him.— Dan McDonald (@DMcDonaldRivals) September 15, 2016
Josh Pastner just landed Ga Tech's 1st worthy PG in quite sometime. Jose Alvarado will bring that NY flare to the backcourt.— CourtCred (@courtcred) September 15, 2016
Finally, Tech fans were pretty happy with how things played out!
Jose Alvarado will bring a toughness & swagger we haven't seen on the flats in a long time. Big pick up for Jackets. https://t.co/lxm0Znq5Za— Wreck Hoops (@wreckhoops) September 15, 2016