2006 Focus: Greivis Vasquez

Montrose Christian always has players - and next year the star of Stu Vetter's club will likely be Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez, who already has nearly a handful of impressive high-major offers on the table.

When Montrose Christian (Md.) coach Stu Vetter and his assistant, David Adkins, first saw 6-foot-5, 185-pound guard Greivis Vasquez, he was primarily a scorer.

Now, less than a year removed from his transition from his native Venezuela, the rising senior has become an all-around player whose biggest strength may be his versatility.

Under the tutelage of Vetter & Co., Vasquez' passing has gotten much better. Ditto for his defense. Off the court, his understanding of the English language has also improved dramatically since landing in the U.S.

``It's like when you don't play basketball," Vasquez said. "If you don't practice, you don't get better."

Vasquez, 18, left his family for an opportunity to play college basketball. That dream will be a reality in a little more than a year's time.

``He's just one of those guys who gets better every time out," Adkins said. "He's just so competitive and has such a passion for the game. He never gets tired. He's just got that ticker that he never seems to be fatigued."

Vasquez is a long, wiry combo guard who prefers to play the point and that will likely be where he finds a home in college. He's got a good feel for the game, has quick feet, good court vision and possesses a toughness and flair that separates him from many of his peers.

``Point guard is my position, but I can play wherever coach (Vetter) wants," Vasquez said.

Vasquez won't be a fixture on the circuit this summer, but you can bet he'll be in demand nonetheless. In fact, Maryland's Gary Williams, Gonzaga's Mark Few, N.C. State's Herb Sendek and Boston College assistant Bill Coen all came in to meet with him last month. According to Adkins, all four have already put forth scholarship offers. ``His upside is tremendous," Adkins added. "He's got a chance to be a McDonald's All-American."

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