Georgia Tech Basketball: Alvarado’s strong freshman season ends with injury

Georgia Tech Basketball received the news that they feared following Sunday night’s loss to Duke. Freshman point guard Jose Alvarado has been lost for the season after suffering a fractured elbow in Sunday’s loss.

Alvarado, a freshman from Brooklyn, New York suffered the injury when he fell onto his arm while trying to block a shot in the first half. The injury will need six to eight weeks to heel according to Tech head coach Josh Pastner.

Alvarado had a strong freshman season as a first-year starter for the Jackets at point guard. Averaging 35 minutes per game, Alvarado averaged 12.4 points per game to go along with 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds. His 12.4 points per game ranked second on the team, only behind sophomore Josh Okogie’s 19.1 points per game.

Alvarado’s advanced season statistics showed that the freshman guard was already among the best on the Jackets, which is no shock to those who watched the team closely. Alvarado’s player efficiency rating was 15.7 . That rating ranks third on the team only behind stars Josh Okogie and Ben Lammers.

His true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentages of .584 and .538 both rank first on the team. The only player to produce more points than Alvarado’s 293 points is Okogie who has produced 308 so far this season.

Defensively, Alvarado wasn’t fantastic but was solid. His defensive rating of 102.7 was middle of the pack for the Yellow Jackets but was able to get the job done. He averaged 3 steals per 100 opposing possessions this season.

Despite making an early exit on the season, Alvarado set the tone for his future at Tech with a solid freshman season. While it wasn’t as stellar as Okogie’s a season ago, it certainly shows that Alvarado could help lead Tech back to the NCAA Tournament over the next three seasons.