How many guys get to go up against Greg Monroe and Derrick Favors in a two-week span? Echenique plays alongside arguably the nation's best senior big man Samardo Samuels. Often times Echenique is tasked with guarding the best post.
"One of the things that I do well is keep my head in the game and get rebounds," Echenique said. "I know that the offensive part of the game is going to come. It's not that I don't know how to play offense but on the team we have roles. I know how that Samardo needs his touches and I just get whatever I can."
While Echenique's specialty this year is defense, he's a reliable post scorer around the rim and has shown improvement as scorer. Ranked No. 37 by Scout.com entering the season, Echenique is sure to rise with a bullet up the charts.
"I think my offense is good but I still need to work on a lot of stuff. I try to work on my outside game and get a better jump shot.
"I really like the physical game. I like playing when the other team has a (good) big man. I like the challenge and I like rebounding. That's what I do."
While Echenique may be the best post defender in his class, he's also one of the top students. Most kids say the right things about academics; Echenique means them.
The big fella has made it clear to schools: books equal ball.
"I think they do (understand)," Echenique said. "If you see my list of schools. For example, Penn and Notre Dame. I really like academics and basketball too. That might stop some other schools from recruiting me because they know I care about both. My mom, when I was a little, was a teacher. (Schools) know my priority is my grades."
"I'm trying to visit Miami. I've been talking to the guys. Something that's important to me is a diverse culture with a lot of Hispanic people because I'm far away from home. I care about something like that."
Most high school players didn't have an answer for the Venezuelan U-17 MVP. We stumped him with a simple question: would he rather play in the NBA or be a big time businessman?
"That's a tough question. I don't know how answer that. I do like my academics. I know if I choose business I'll probably do it for life. But, I'd like to play in the NBA. There are not too many people from my country; only like 2 guys made it in the history."
We've got a good idea who the 3rd Venezuelan might be.