The 6-foot-3, 165-pounder from Haverford High School in Havertown, Pa., narrowed his list of schools to Notre Dame, Marquette, Pennsylvania, Temple and VCU last month.
“The coaches of my top six were at pretty much all of my games in the summertime, so I felt like they really knew my game and wanted me in their program,” Alston said of his finalists.
The Irish have been recruiting Alston hard for a while.
“I’ve been talking to Notre Dame for a long time,” he said. “I’ve just formed a good relationship with Coach (Mike) Brey and the other assistant coaches. I felt like they were a good program.”
Once Notre Dame landed pledges from forwards Matt Ryan and Elijah Burns within a week last month, the Irish’s board narrowed dramatically, but Alston remains on it and high.
“I noticed the two commitments and they did express that they had two and they wanted me to come along with them,” Alston said.
Alston has actually spent time with Ryan before.
“I went on a recruiting visit with Matt Ryan last year when we were both at Boston College,” he said.
He’s hoping to get to South Bend for an unofficial visit the first weekend of September, but it isn’t completely set yet.
“We haven’t finalized the date, but it’ll be sometime next month,” Alston said.
“I just want to see the atmosphere and the campus. I’ve heard it’s a beautiful campus, I just want to see the campus and talk to the players and see what they think of the program.”
He has some other trips planned, including one this week.
“I go to VCU on Thursday,” he said. “I have Marquette, Temple and Penn State set up also. I go to Temple Sept. 13th, Marquette is Sept. 18th and Penn State is Sept. 27th.”
The visits should be crucial considering Alston hopes to have a decision within a matter of weeks.
“I’ll try to decide as soon as the month is over, so probably closer to the 30th or Oct. 1st,” he said. “It’ll just be the school that I feel most comfortable with, like the players and the coaching staff.”
Alston believes he can bring a lot to a program.
“I think I’ll bring a Philadelphia toughness. I feel like that’s one of the strongest toughnesses in the country. I’ll bring a strong Philly toughness and a will to win. My AAU team was ranked number one in the country for a while. I feel like I’m a winner and I’ll bring a winning attitude.”