Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Aluko Commits to Pfeiffer

When you're 6-foot-10, you can run the floor and block shots you are surely going to have college basketball coaches coming after you. Still, the road to a basketball scholarship was not an easy one for Trinity High's Silvere Aluko. He has had to work hard over the past few years to develop his basketball skills, knowledge of the game and coordination. The scary part is Aluko is still just scratching the surface of how good he can be.

Aluko will attempt to fulfill that potential at Pfeiffer University, a Division II program in North Carolina. Aluko, who helped lead Trinity to back-to-back Final Four appearances in the Division I state tournament as a junior and senior, has committed to attend and play his college basketball at Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer did not have one player from New England on their roster this past season, let alone any players from New Hampshire. However it should come as no surprise that they are recruiting in the Granite State. The Falcons head coach is Jeremy Currier, who is a NH native. Currier played his high school ball at Pinkerton Academy, then played in college at nearby Endicott before coaching Daniel Webster College in Nashua. It was only a matter of time before Coach Currier landed his first NH recruit at Pfeiffer.

It also makes sense that Currier would make adding size to his roster a priority for this year's recruiting class. Last season the team's tallest player was 6-foot-4, and every player on their roster was listed as a guard. So Aluko going to Pfeiffer does seem like a great fit.

Aluko has exceptional speed and athleticism for a player his size. This past season in particular Trinity really thrived with their high-low game, utilizing Aluko as both the player on the low block catch entry passes and converting layups as well as the player making the pass inside from the high post. He crashes the offensive boards and attacks the rim on put-backs. Aluko's best asset however is on the defensive end of the floor, where he uses his agility, long arms and timing to block, deflect or alter any shot within his reach.

Aluko will have to get stronger and adjust to the faster paced college game, but once he does you can expect him to be an impact player at the next level. We congratulate Silvere and wish him good luck at Pfeiffer.

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