Christ the King (NY) Excessive College had the sport put away towards Xaverian Excessive College on Dec. 22, 2016, however Jose Alvarado wasn’t carried out. Popping out of his group’s final timeout, Alvarado was a steal and help shy of a quadruple-double.
By no means within the historical past of Christ the King — a highschool that boasts alumni akin to Lamar Odom and holds 4 New York State Championships — had a participant secured a quadruple-double.
Within the huddle, Alvarado’s coach, Joe Arbitello, knowledgeable him he was getting ready to historical past. Then, Arbitello watched as Alvarado swiped a steal and assisted on the opposite finish, coming into the Christ the King report books within the course of. He completed with 18 factors, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
Over the previous three years, Alvarado has continued his all-around recreation as Georgia Tech’s (13-13, 7-Eight Atlantic Coast) spine. He’s averaged a minimum of 33 minutes in every of his first three seasons and has been within the top-10 within the ACC in steals the previous two seasons. Although he missed seven video games with a proper ankle harm this season, he stays Georgia Tech’s irreplaceable flooring normal and defensive chief.
“He’s the top of our snake,” head coach Josh Pastner mentioned. “He’s our man. When he’s not enjoying, like earlier within the yr when he had an harm and we missed him for all these video games, we actually struggled.”
Earlier this season, the six-foot guard broke the Yellow Jackets single-game steals report, tallying 9 to associate with 26 factors in a victory over N.C. State.
“It’s loopy that my identify is perpetually going to be in Georgia Tech historical past,” mentioned Alvarado.
The numbers are the benefactor of Alvarado’s competitiveness, the trait that made him engaging to Georgia Tech within the first place. Rising up, he mentioned one among his important influences was Chris Paul’s feisty demeanor and hatred of dropping.
The profitable started in highschool, when Alvarado took Christ the King to the New York Metropolis championship twice. Notably in his junior yr, Arbitello mentioned, Alvarado keyed the group’s title run.
“After we recruited him, profitable was extra vital to him than truly respiration,” Pastner mentioned. “He was only a winner. In every single place he’s been, he’s gained.”
Alvarado has grown into that position as soon as once more with Georgia Tech. He’s performed the complete 40 minutes in a recreation 13 occasions whereas at Georgia Tech. Within the seven video games he missed with a proper ankle harm, the Yellow Jackets went Three-Four, with wins coming towards Behune-Cookman, Nebraska and Elon. Upon his return, he performed 29 and 36 minutes in back-to-back days.
Alvarado has battled again from harm earlier than. After being within the top-five in scoring, assists and steals amongst ACC freshman in 2017, he went down with a left elbow harm on Feb. 11 that sidelined him for the remainder of the season. Regardless of hitting “all-time low,” he mentioned, with the assistance of individuals round him, he got here again his sophomore yr and felt higher than he did earlier than, Alvarado mentioned.
Whether or not it’s him or his previous coaches, the identical message echoes: Alvarado is a winner who impacts the sport in a plethora of the way.
“He desires to win greater than anybody else on the court docket,” Arbitello mentioned.
Printed on February 22, 2020 at Three:15 pm
Contact Cameron: [email protected]