Shagari Alleyne, a 7-3, 250-pound junior center from Rice H.S. in New York, N.Y., picked and choosed his tournaments/camps this summer for important reasons, according to Shagari's dad. Mr. Alleyne told us that his son is focusing on the next step. "College," he said. "It's the next big step and we want Shagari to be prepared properly academically before he goes there. So he wasn't at tournaments for a purpose."
Alleyne finished his high school junior year in sparkling fashion. He helped Rice win the Catholic League title in New York City and was named the MVP. "Shagari just got done with the Eastern Invitational," Shagari's dad said. "I don't know if he is going to Five Star. He first said yes and then said no. He might go on vacation. That's his choice right now."
Alleyne has the size and is now polishing his skills for college.
Alleyne continues to keep an open mind in his recruiting process. He indicated that he had a very good trip to Louisville. Alleyne has kept his options open. But many schools like Temple, North Carolina, UConn, Miami, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Louisville, Kentucky, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova are among the programs that have recruited Shagari seriously. Kentucky coach Tubby Smith was one of the coaches spotted at the Eastern Invitational.
"Kentucky is going to get a visit," Mr. Alleyne said. "But I will let Shagari talk to you about that and his recruiting."