The big fella’s representatives released this yesterday. It’s everything you could want to know about Shagari Alleyne’s career path, in one handy document. Your gratitude is noted. [HT: AllKYHoops]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Free-Press-Release.com) June 12, 2010 —Shagari recently completed a solid season in the NBA D-League, playing for Albuquerque. John Coffino coached the team.
Though he is a well-rounded player, Shagari understands that in order to make it to the next level, skills such as shot-blocking and rebounding are expected. Ever-mindful of the need to play sound, fundamental defense, Shagari prides himself on great shot-blocking. This is probably the hallmark of his defensive game. Defense was emphasized early in his playing career.
It really started in Harlem, at Rice High-School. There he garnered national attention through helping Rice win the New York City Championship. He accomplished this in the nationally-recognized Catholic High-School Athletic Association, or the CHSAA. The CHSAA named him as MVP that same year.
Shagari’s next step was Lexington, Kentucky. He signed at the University of Kentucky, then coached by Tubby Smith. Surrounded by teammates such as Joe Crawford, Rajon Rondo, Chuck Hayes and Randolph Morris, to name a few, Shagari was on one of the country’s most talented teams.
He was a very important factor in Kentucky’s playoff games during his sophomore year. That season saw Kentucky go to the NCAA Elite Eight, eventually losing to perennial power Michigan State. He racked up big games such as his MVP performance against border-state Indiana, the Hoosiers. He ranked among the SEC leaders in blocked shots. Most importantly, he worked hard, helping Kentucky win.
In 2007 the Philadelphia 76ers signed and invited him to training camp. Although a deal wasn’t reached in 2007, the NBA door certainly remains open. Since then he has played in Europe and more recently in the NBA D-League. Concerning his recent season he issued this statement:
” Playing in the NBA Development League was a great experience for me. It allowed me to display my talents to teams in the NBA and overseas. Though I have many talents on the basketball court, I chose to concentrate on skills that teams ( NBA and abroad ) were looking for out of me on a daily basis. Those skills include shot- blocking, rebounding and running the floor on every possession. Other skills such as scoring would take care of itself. Fortunately, I was able to do those very things. As a result, I was able to receive interest from various teams.
Shagari Alleyne is represented through Terrence Norman of Pinnacle Global Advisors LLP. Pinnacle is a multifamily office located in Atlanta and Tokyo.
With press like that, anything is possible. Here’s to hoping this publicity leads to Shagari landing on an NBA team in the near future. Or if that doesn’t work out, maybe a return of Skyscraper to the Globetrotters could be in the works? We’ll be glued to our seats waiting for the next step.