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Oct, 2019

Fluker Commits to San Jose State University

(By: Antonio G. Castillo)

 

This past weekend, G/F Alani Fluker (Brennan HS) took her first official visit to San Jose State University. She took a few days to reflect on her visit, not make an impulsive decision, and by Wednesday evening, her feelings hadn’t changed. She knew it was time to decide.

“Last Friday I took my first official visit to San Jose State, it was my first time being in California. As soon as I stepped on campus it was amazing. I can’t really describe the feeling. The coaching staff, the team, even the students I came across were so friendly. It’s a beautiful campus, and the energy is so positive,” said Fluker. “Just the vibe was part of it. Coach (Jaime) Craighhead, she’s really invested in her players. I could see it during practice, her passion watching the team. I could see it was a good fit for me, and their style of play.”

The first impression was certainly a lasting one for Fluker, as she decided to commit to the Mountain West program. One of the best mid-major conference’s year in and year out. Last year they featured four teams who tallied nineteen wins or more, and three teams who were either nationally ranked in the Top 25, or received votes (Boise State, New Mexico, Wyoming).

She chose the Spartans over other offers from Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Long Island University, and recent interest form the University of New Orleans.

She's now locked into her senior season for the Lady Bears and she’s chomping at the bit to get back onto the hardwood and improve upon last years 17-14 (10-8) record.

“Giving last season’s experience and the way we ended, just short of making the playoffs, it was an eye opener for me and the coaches. What we can do is take last year’s lessons and have it motivate us for this year. We have a stronger mindset, ultimately we’ve been fighting for playoffs every year, and that loss kind of set the table for us to get ready this year.”

With her recruitment now wrapped up, Alani can fully turn her attention to the always tough NISD non-district and district match-ups. Being recruited, especially at the D1 level is a dream come true for student athletes, but it comes with it’s fair share of ups and downs, and a heavy dose of anxiety.

“For me it was definitely a relief, if I ‘m being honest. Down to my senior year and I didn’t know what to expect as to when I was going to commit. The early period, the later period, I was getting a lot of questions. I didn’t know when I was going to commit until a couple of days ago. I was just kind of going with the flow of things, luckily, I just found a place that was comfortable me,” said Fluker.

Coming out of the summer circuit into the high school year, Alani credits her AAU program, SA Hoops Elite, and Coach Javasse Kearney as a big part to her growth and success.

“I felt like my summer went really well. Javasse is a great coach, he’s running a great program. He’s always pushing his players, he wants us to succeed. If he see’s us not giving our best effort, he’s going to push us. That prepared not just me, but the other girls for the recruiting process. I’m going to carry that with me through my senior season. Continue to work hard, and develop as a basketball player and a person.”

Fluker is a 5’11” versatile prospect, who plays both the guard and wing spot. She can use her ability and athleticism to attack off the dribble from the wing, or if she has a smaller defender on her, she can take advantage of a miss match down low.  

Look for Alani and her Brennan teammates to be locked in as the first game of the season is only a few weeks away. Taking things step by step, the Lady Bears are eyeing a return to the playoffs, and competing for a district championship. With deep and talented teams returning in District 28-6A, the San Jose State commit will need to lead the charge and help carry the lady Bears.