Shagari Alleyne, a 7-3, 250-pound junior center from Rice H.S. in New York, N.Y., will be one of the more coveted big men targets in the Class of 2003. RivalsHoops.com caught up with Alleyne from Rice High School at IS8 this week as he suited up for the Gauchos.
Shagari alerted us to the fact that he is completely opening his recruitment up. "Based on the experiences I've had, I'm keeping all of my options open," said Alleyne. "Right now, I don't have a list of schools."
Shagari will be attending the Nike camp once again and will participate in the Vegas Big Time Tournament with the Gauchos. "I'm hoping to have a strong showing at the Nike
Camp so I can raise my stock like I did this season," said Alleyne.
Alleyne was terrific in the post season for the Raiders. In Rice's match-up with Christ the King in the CHSAA quarterfinals, he was virtually unstoppable, pouring in 30 points while collecting 13 rebounds and eight blocks.
Besides the statistical jump, Shagari has looked a lot less mechanical and much more fluid in the post. Monday night he showed some pretty quick feet in the post and his mobility continues to improve.
"I've been working out with my coach a lot(on mobility)," said Alleyne. "My mobility should continue to improve."
When Alleyne had a list of schools, it included Temple, North Carolina, UConn, Miami, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Louisville and Kentucky.
Thus far, Alleyne has taken unofficial visits to Miami, St. John's and Seton Hall. He had a chance to visit Miami when Rice played at an event there in January, and he has been to several games at St. John's and Seton Hall in the past year.
Strength and conditioning are of course the two biggest variables with Alleyne, but he has the kind of size and presence which can alter games from a defensive perspective.
This season, he averaged roughly 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocks per game. He said he has an 81 average in the classroom but has yet to take the SAT or ACT.