Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported Thursday that point guard Jose Alvarado has committed to join Georgia Tech as a part of their 2017 recruiting class.
Alvarado, a three-star junior at Christ the King high school in Queens, New York, had received interest from a slew of other schools, including Rutgers, Seton Hall and Syracuse. While he may be a bit undersized at 6-0 and 155 pounds, Alvarado plays with great energy and is an excellent floor general.
ESPN.com had this to say about his college outlook:
“He’s more than the sum of his individual parts, at least from a physical perspective, because his best asset is his will to do absolutely anything necessary to win. He’s ideal for any first year head coach because he helps to establish a culture and level of expectations from day one.”
Perhaps fittingly, Alvarado will be joining head coach Josh Pastner for the coach’s first season at Georgia Tech. The school hired Pastner away from the University of Memphis in early April. He was the successor to John Calipari at Memphis, and during his seven seasons in charge he led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament four times and an overall record of 167-73.
Memphis has struggled a bit over the last two years, though, having failed to reach postseason play in both.
Georgia Tech is coming off a 21-15 campaign that was good enough to get them an invitation to the NIT, where they would advance to the quarterfinals. Before that, though, the last time the Yellow Jackets qualified for a postseason tournament was back in the 2009-2010 season.
Former Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory was let go after last season.