From the Elm City to the Big Apple, a few other stops in between, former Career High standout Alyssa
Alston continues to improve her game. Alston plays at Upper Room Christian, a private school on Long Island, N.Y., she is averaging 13 points, 11 assists, two steals, two rebounds and a block per game and said she is getting better every day.
“I see a lot of guards that are as good as me or better than me,” she said.
Alston took home All-Area and All-State honors from the New Haven Register last season after posting 13.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.8 rebounds. She led her team to a Southern Connecticut Conference championship, where she stalled for just over four minutes in the title game, weaving in and out of the lane and juking defenders.
She transferred to Upper Room Christian in the summer, the competition has been better and the classes have been tougher, but Alston is powering through it all.
“It proves to myself that I can do it at this level,” she said.
She led her team to regular season tournament wins in Denver, Philadelphia, Buena Vista, Va., New Jersey and Delaware. Alston also took home MVP honors in the Philly, Atlantic City, New Jersey and at Disney World in Florida. URC is 20-1 and ranked 14 in New York, according to Maxpreps.com.
“In college I know this will just prepare me a lot,” she said.
And Alston said the competition is tough. The teams play with a shot clock and she said every possession of every game is pressure packed.
“In these games, it’s make it-or break it,” the guard said.
And so far she has been making on and off the court. She said she is getting a feel for her classes and the work load isn’t as arduous as it once was.
“Once I got used to it, it got easier and my grades are way higher,” she said.