The 6-5 ½, 200-pound senior was playing on the Puerto Rican Junior National Team in Greece this past summer, so he didn't get the exposure on the AAU circuit.
However, Vassallo's recruitment is picking up steam of late as Richmond and Providence have offered – and both South Carolina head man Dave Odom and Virginia's Pete Gillen came down to get a first-hand look at him.
Vassallo, 17, also mentioned Virginia Tech and N.C. State as the other schools that make up his top half-dozen. He's already taken an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech and Virginia.
He took the SAT for the first time this past weekend and once he gets his score back, he will begin setting up official visits.
It's not as if Vassallo, who played with the Lynchburg Hoops after his sophomore season, suddenly came out of nowhere. He averaged 19.8 points and 10 rebounds per game last season at Faith Christian (Hurt, Va.).
``He's a dead-eye shooter," Faith Christian coach Rich Lambert said. "He can shoot it from deep and also off the dribble and off screens."
Another reason that explains Vassallo's lack of attention from high-major D-1 schools is that he didn't always get the chance to showcase his perimeter game.
``People have finally gotten to see the real A.D. play," Vassallo said. "Before I played center in high school. Now they see the way I can handle the ball, pass it and shoot it. Before I was posting up the whole time."
While Vassallo's offensive arsenal is a major weapon, he still needs to work on his defense – specifically being able to guard quicker wings.