Jose Alvarado to choose between Rutgers, Georgia Tech and Seton Hall

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Seton Hall point guard target Jose Alvarado (Christ the King, N.Y.) will choose between Rutgers, Georgia Tech and the Hall when he decides on Thursday afternoon.

A Class of 2017 point guard from New York City, Alvarado has been seen as a back-up target for Seton Hall’s staff until the commitment of Isaiah Washington to Minnesota over the weekend.

Washington, who was dubbed by some as ‘IW 2.0’ because of a similar name to Isaiah Whitehead plus recent hype as the best N.Y.C. product in the 2017 class, was surely influenced by Gophers assistant Kimani  Young.

A recruiting guru who played an integral role in building up Isaiah Washington’s AAU program New Heights, there’s no doubt about the connection that helped steal a major target right out from Seton Hall’s nose; Young also played a role in scooping Patrick School product Dupree McBrayer a couple years ago. Here is a notable tweet from IW 2.0 two weeks before his pledge.

The staff has since turned up the heat on Alvarado, but it may be too little too late unless something changes late on. Rutgers has made him a priority for awhile now and are my strong favorite to land him.

In the scenario that sees Seton Hall miss out, it wouldn’t be shocking if they forego a lead guard in 2017 despite guys like Trevon Duval and Nojel Eastern still in the mix. The Pirates are on Duval’s list of nine schools but its widely known that he will have a lot of trouble qualifying while the staff was out to see Eastern last Friday and also today, who has a build like DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr but appears to be a Michigan State lean.

Seton Hall is also on the list of Philly point guard Daron Russell, but he might be even lower in the pecking order, having visited Western Kentucky, La Salle and Rhode Island recently with a trip to Grand Canyon this weekend.

Not taking a 2017 point guard would currently mean Jevon Thomas is the only  floor general on the roster in 2017-18 if Khadeen Carrington doesn’t convert to the ‘one’. Another graduate transfer being added to take Madison Jones’ scholarship would appear to be a likely scenario to hold the fort until the 2018 class.

In other 2017 recruiting news:

Shaheen Holloway will watch 2017 wing Andre Rafus of Lake Clifton (Md.) today. Regarded as a sharp-shooting wing, Rafus was at Roselle Catholic last year after transferring up from Baltimore’s St. Frances. Georgetown, TCU and Kansas are also in his final four.

The staff also watched 2017 center Bourama Sidibe of St. Benedict’s (N.J.) earlier this week. The big man reclassified from 2016 a few months back and the Pirates could really benefit from a true post forward in the 2017 class.

Fringe 2017 recruits like Jordan Nwora (though he was watched a lot over recent months), Matt Coleman, and Nate Pierre-Louis (Temple) are no longer in the mix. The latter was actually recruited by Sha’ as early as 8th grade but didn’t have the Hall on his final list after they made guys like Isaiah Washington a priority instead.

Look for a roundup of Class of 2018 recruiting activity on Thursday night.

(Be sure to check out the fluid but fairly updated recruiting map)