Alvarado said that he’ll take until the July 7 deadline to decide whether to return to Tech or stay in the draft.
“Every day, it gets a little closer,” he said. “I’m going to keep praying about it, keep my family in the loop, talk to them and see what decision I need to make during that time. It’s getting closer, obviously, so I need to make a decision sooner than later.”
Alvarado said that his decision wouldn’t hinge solely on whether he expects to be drafted. While an agreement from a team that it will draft him would certainly simplify the decision, it’s possible that a team could also indicate its plan to sign him as an undrafted free agent and extend a two-way contract to play for both the team and in the G League. On the other hand, he might also receive feedback that he would significantly improve his draft standing with another solid season at Tech.
“It doesn’t matter if I get drafted,” he said. “It’s just the best opportunity, which one is the best situation for me. I’ve just got to think about it with my family.”
Alvarado has tried not to contemplate the decision, focusing only on the workouts.
“Every opportunity I have is special,” Alvarado said. “Every time I put these jerseys on, I go out there and give it my all no matter where I’m at.”
Alvarado called the G League camp a “great experience” and viewed it, unsurprisingly, from a team-first perspective.
“It was great guys in there, great competition,” he said. “I’m happy with my team. We locked in, and we were undefeated on that team, 2-0. So that’s a good sign. It was a great experience.”
Along with the other 39 camp participants, Alvarado had hoped to earn an invitation to the combine, but he was not one of the four to be granted that opportunity.
“It happens,” he said. “I wasn’t upset. It wasn’t like the end of the world for me. Those four guys that got called up, they deserved it. They worked hard, and I’m glad they did it and they got the opportunity, and I was just cheering them on.”
In his team workouts, Alvarado has tried to show off the strengths that enabled him to lead Tech to win the ACC championship and for him to win conference defensive player of the year – his defensive ability, energy, competitiveness and leadership. He said his shot also has “definitely” improved. (He was 3-for-6 at the G League camp on NBA-distance 3-pointers.)
“The best advice I got is just keep being you,” he said. “Never change who you are, don’t try to do something that you think you need to do to impress somebody. Just keep being who you are, keep being Jose. Never get too high, never get too low, and somebody’s going to fall in love with you. That’s the mindset I’ve been on.”