Nigel Alston was known as a thoroughbred at as he trampled opponents on the hardwood and the grid iron. Alston was famous for being the team's "garbage man" on the court. He was an offensive leader for the "four" position as he scored from the paint and tapped in offensive rebounds. Coach Howard Hurt had awesome fire power in Danny Traylor, Recardo Sockwell, Curtis Little, Benny Gentry, Chris Turner and others, but it was Alston who "stirred the drink," used his wide body as a roadblock down the lane and became an enforcer before Charles Oakley got out of kindergarten. "Big" Nigel made the All-City/County and All-Central 4A Group II basketball team in 1969 and 1970.
Alston's exploits with the Black and Gold earned him All-City/County in 1969 and 1970; Runner up, Defensive Player of the Year, 1969; Honorable Mention, All-Northwest, 1969; and Most Athletic, R.J. Reynolds High School, 1970.
Alston matriculated at Livingstone College after graduation on an athletic grant. In 1974, he displayed both his academic and athletic excellence by being named Most Valuable Football Player and senior with the highest academic average.
Alston currently serves as Director, Employee/Community Relations at GMAC Insurance. He is an active member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. Nigel enjoys travel, cultural events, sports outings and reading. He is married to Sarah, who teaches Social Studies at Paisley Middle School.