Garrett Miley @GWMiley
It was clear that it wouldn’t be long after his sophomore season at Haverford that the offers would start rolling in for point guard Shawn Alston. The 2015 guard picked up his first offer on Monday, from Penn State, and expects more to come his way in the near future.
“I expect more to come soon,” Alston told CoBL by phone this evening. “I’m not quite sure where but I have had some hints that some are coming soon.”
Alston led the Fords and the Inter-Ac league with 16.3 points per game this past season and added 6.4 assists per contest as well. While it’s still early on in the process, Alston is feeling relieved to have received his first offer.
“It feels good to see how your hard work is paying off,” Alston said. “Penn State has been coming to a lot of games and practices. I haven’t really been following them a whole lot but I know a player who goes there.”
That player is Philadelphia native and former Strawberry Mansion guard D.J. Newbill. Newbill transferred to Penn State from Southern Mississippi and redshirted at Happy Valley during the 2011-2012 season before starting all 31 games and leading the Nittany Lions in scoring during the 2012-2013 season, averaging 16.3 points per game.
“I work out with him a lot in the summertime but I haven’t talked to him after the offer,” Alston said.
The next step would be for Alston to take a visit to State College, and it appears that’s just what the point guard is going to do.
“I plan on taking a visit,”Alston said. “As soon as school is over I have a visit set up so probably mid-June is when I’ll go up there.”
National powerhouse programs like Michigan and Kentucky have recently been in contact with Alston, while Providence, Temple, and Villanova have also all been talking to the 2015 guard.
“That was amazing and it really showed how much work you have to put in to get an offer from those guys,” Alston said of his conversations with Michigan and Kentucky.
Alston is currently playing AAU for Team Final, a team he’s been with since he was in seventh grade. His talented 16U squad includes Roman Catholic forwards Manny Taylor and TreVaughn Wilkerson, Constitution’s Ahmad Gilbert, Neumann-Goretti’s Lamarr Kimble and Gill St. Bernard freshman sensation Tyus Battle.
“The guys on my team are very talented and it’s a lot of fun,” Alston said. “It takes a lot of pressure off of you when you plays with guys who are really talented so it’s fun.”
Recently, Alston suffered a wrist injury and will miss the next few weeks of action as he rests. Alston had a wrist injury prior to last season, but this appears to be unrelated.
“The wrist is getting better,” Alston said. “I had a small little trip and the doctor said give it three weeks to get rest and then I’ll be fine. I have about 2-3 weeks left and then I’ll be fine.”