In today’s hoops landscape, there are various instruments capable of gauging a player’s statistical impact and effectiveness on the floor. For promising incoming freshman Allessia Carlo, the best aspect of her game is an immeasurable intangible which cannot be computed: Heart.
Despite being a tad undersized, Carlo possesses the fleet of foot and competitive nature that gives her a savvy well beyond her years.
An accurate depiction of a gym rat, Carlo has spent much of the summer of 2017 bettering all components of her game. Carlo averaged 13 points and five assists, quarterbacking the New York Pride AAU team to six out of seven tournament victories on the Zero Gravity circuit. Carlo’s blend of tactical playmaking, unselfishness, and outside shooting allowed her to lead by example for the Pride, coached by longtime Westchester/Putnam County hoops pioneer Aldo Redendo.
“What Allessia brings is rarified court sense, tenacious defense, and ability to get to the rim with either hand and finish,” said Redendo, who envisions an memorable four-year career at Kennedy Catholic for the point guard.
“She was one of seven eighth-graders that competed on a team at the ninth grade level and she put game-changing matters into her own hands during tough moments. Her ball handling has blossomed and her IQ is off the charts. She’s really a student of the game and she continues to soak up knowledge and pick things up at a quick pace. She may not be the biggest guard, but she makes that up in her skill-set and her decision-making and her quickness.”
From last summer to this summer, Carlo improved in every statistical category. Redendo said the most noticeable changes was her hunger for the big moment and commitment to the little things. By dishing key assists, taking charges, facilitating the transition game, and delivering key stops in high-pressure situations, Carlo was super-active across all 94 feet.
“She wins the plus/minus category whenever she is on the floor,” Redendo explained. “She is already able to make those around her better and she’s still developing. I’m looking for her to ultimately become a four-year starter at Kennedy, with an impact that’s really felt by her sophomore year. If she continues to progress and sustain this work rate, that’s where the bar is set.”
While it seems Carlo is just starting to garner recognition, she’s built quite the resume in staying devoted to her craft. She averaged a team-best 16 points for her St. James the Apostle (Carmel, N.Y.) this past season, taking home the Jim Normile Outstanding Player Award this year.
The work ethic applied on the court seems to mirror her work in the classroom. Carlo has earned a steady supply of academic hardware these past three years, with high honors and honors recipient status from 2015-17.
She was named salutatorian of the 2017 Graduating Class, an arduous task given the highly competitive academic environment of such a school system.
Away from the regular season, Carlo leaves herself with little time to rest on her laurels. She’s been instrumental in leading her team to Brewster Super League championships in 2015, 2016, and 2017. She’s played for Playmaker Academy on the AAU circuit and also competed in the Spooky Nook Hoops Classic, helping pilot her team to a championship in May of 2016.
She’s displayed both aspects as a point guard, orchestrating the offense as a dish-first creator while simultaneously pacing her team, scoring-wise.
“Offensively, Allessia is a major threat with the ball in her hands,” explained Christopher Tychostup, her CYO coach with St. James.
“She knows how to get players involved, can beat defenders off the dribble, and finish around the basket. When she sees her jump shot go in early in games, she becomes very hard to defend. In her final year with the program, she averaged 15 points to lead her team into the playoffs. Defensively, she has fast feet and active hands. She can play in the zone as well as match in the man-to-man and really shut a player down.”
All of these tools have prepared Carlo for the next chapter in her career.
At a Kennedy Catholic program that values its storied basketball tradition, expect Carlo to offer immediate and lasting contributions.