Bryce Alford patterns his game after his father – Steve Alford. He’s tracked down tape, studied his play and spent countless hours working out with the former Indiana player and current New Mexico head coach.
“I’ve watched a lot of tape on him as a player so I’ve always tried to model my game after him,” the younger Alford told Scout.com.
“I’ve worked with him basketball wise, from since I remember,” he said of his father. “He’s taught me everything that I know about the game and he’s pretty much just been there for me.”
And despite a hectic schedule the elder Alford gets to as many of his sons games as he can.
“We’ve been very close,” the 2013 prospect said. “He’s always been at just about every game he can get to, even during his season. I know he’s had a lot of games on the same nights that I had games and he would always try to get them.”
During his junior season, Alford, a standout at Albuquerque (N.M.) La Cueva, put up huge numbers, averaging 26 points, six rebounds and four assists per game.
“I did a lot of work over the summer and in the fall trying to get ready for it,” Alford said. “I got in really good shape. I think I ended up being second in the state in scoring.”
Not only was Alford second in the state of New Mexico in scoring, but he also led his team to the 5A state championship game, before falling to Eldorado.
Alford described himself as a guy that can knock down shots off the catch, but is also capable of going off the dribble to get his points.
“I definitely look for my shot a lot and I love to get my teammates involved,” he said. “A good pass from me is just as important as a made three or anything like that. When my shots on, I think I’m a really good three-pointer shooter and I think I have a pretty good mid-range game off the bounce.”
“I’ve gotten a little more athletic over the past couple years and I definitely think I can get to the basket when I want to, but my shot is biggest strength,” Alford added.
From a recruiting standpoint, Alford has let his dad handle the process.
“I haven’t done a lot with talking to anyone else,” Alford said. “I’ve mainly focused on trying to get better. I think my dad has gotten a lot of calls on me, but he’s kind of taking care of it for me.”
Alford said he heard from Belmont a few times during the year, but is strongly considering playing for his dad at New Mexico.
“I haven’t committed anywhere yet, but I’m that’s who I’m looking at,” he said of New Mexico.
“It’s definitely something that I want to do and have always wanted to do since I was little,” Alford added about the possibility of one day playing for his father.”
While a timetable or an announcement isn’t set in stone, Alford said a decision on his college destination could come soon.