Dayton head coach Anthony Grant, right, talks to assistant coach Anthony Solomon during a game against Wagner on Dec. 23, 2017, at UD Arena.
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer
Photo: David Jablonski - Staff Writer

Dayton offers scholarship to senior from Grant’s hometown

Neftali Alvarez has already visited Wichita State, two other schools

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Dayton offered a scholarship Thursday to 2018 point guard Neftali Alvarez. He’s a native of Puerto Rico who moved to Miami in 2016. He’s now a senior at Miami Christian High School, which is 11 miles from Grant’s alma mater, Miami Senior.

The 6-foot-1 Alvarez is a three-star recruit, according to 247Sports.com. He’s the 332nd-ranked player in the class of 2018. He visited Wichita State, Arkansas State and Akron in the fall. He’s averaging 23.5 points, 10.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per game.

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Alvarez hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer for Miami Christian in the Class 2A state championship game last March.

“When I started playing basketball at 12 years old in my hometown (in Puerto Rico), I dreamed of playing this game in the U.S. and prayed God would give me a chance like this,” Alvarez told the Miami Herald after the game. “This is a dream to share this with my teammates after all the tough days of training we put in. I’m so proud to be able to be the one to have clinched the victory.”

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