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Countdown to Tipoff: Jose Alvarado

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The first part in our player preview series is the heart and soul of this Yellow Jacket team

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 29 Miami at Georgia Tech Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Guard | 6’0 | 179lbs. | Senior

2019-2020: 14.4PTS 3.4REB 4.0AST

In a sport that is so often about veteran leadership - unless you’re the Kentucky’s and Duke’s of the world - Jose Alvarado exemplifies that as well as anyone. And coming into his senior season, he is expected to lead this team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in over a decade. On a team full of talent that’s ready to take that next step, Alvarado’s presence will be vital. Jose has shown steady improvement during his time on the flats, with his scoring and assist numbers both rising last year, just as they did when he was a sophomore. He also took a huge jump on the defensive side of the ball last season, averaging 2.2 steals per game and gaining the reputation as a feisty, on ball presence, undersized as he may be. After missing time early last season due to an ankle injury, it was abundantly clear just how much the Jackets missed his leadership and floor general capabilities in order to properly function. In the six games that Alvarado missed, Tech went 2-4 including an ugly home loss to Ball State in which they put up just 47 points. One area that fans are hoping for a senior breakout in for Alvarado in is 3-pt shooting. After shooting at a 37% clip as a freshman, Alvarado has not eclipsed that mark the past two seasons, proving to be a streaky option from long range. Overall, there is so much to like from the diminutive point guard from Brooklyn. His game and personality have made him a fan favorite and he’s poised for a senior season that could supplant him as a Jacket legend. Check out some highlights of Jose below!