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Monday / July 13.
  • Georgia Tech has featured two of the greatest New York City point guards in history in Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury.

    Now Jose Alvarado is hoping to following in their footsteps.

    Alvarado, the 5-foot-11-inch point guard from Middle Village (N.Y.) Christ the King High School, verbally committed to new coach Josh Pastner and Georgia Tech on Thursday at his school, spurning the two New Jersey schools who had hoped to add him to their backcourt in 2017.

    “Me, my family and I thought it was the best fit for me,” he said Thursday. “It was a tough decision but I’m gonna be a Yellow Jacket.”

    Syracuse and Kentucky have been the most aggressive in their recruitment of Neumann-Goretti (PA) and PSA Cardinals point guard Quade Green, as evidenced by their meetings this week with the Class of 2017 point guard.

    Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Gerry McNamara met with the 6-foot Green on Monday at Goretti, where also produced former Orange standouts Scoop Jardine and Rick Jackson.

    “They love him,” Goretti coach Carl Arrigale said of Syracuse. “They have been on him for two years. They were on him before he blew up. So it’s kind of always a review of sorts when they are together.”

    Josh Carlton, the 6-foot-10, 235-pound Class of 2017 big man from DeMatha Catholic (Md.) and Team Loaded, committed to UConn on Wednesday after visiting the campus last month.

    He also considered Georgetown, Clemson, Xavier and USC.

    “I really enjoyed my visit, seeing the campus and how the students interacted with the players,” he said Wednesday. “And I really enjoyed being around the coaching staff, especially Coach Ollie.”

    During the visit, Ollie impressed upon Carlton the Huskies’ need for bigs.

    After seeing guards Hamidou Diallo, Tremont Waters and Lonnie Walker this week, Kentucky coach John Calipari will watch Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick’s big man Nick Richards and have a home visit with him on Thursday, a source said.

    Calipari visited Richards twice this year at St. Patrick’s, a school where the Kentucky coach has found a lot of success. The Wildcats snagged guards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Dakari Johnson from the New Jersey Catholic powerhouse that also produced former Duke star Kyrie Irving.

    “They don’t call me, they call me family,” Richards said last month at the Elite 24 Game. “They can make me better as a person. They can make me better in basketball and my overall personality as a person, to be honest.”

    Richards is also considering Syracuse, UConn, Arizona and Indiana.

    “Whenever the time is right, I’ll pick a school,” he said. “The same top five schools are working the hardest.”