Two weeks ago, University of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett traveled up to St. Joseph’s Prep (Philadelphia, PA) to see junior guard Steve Vasturia . The 6’4″, 180-pound prospect returned the favor this past weekend, when he traveled to UVa for an unofficial visit.
Asked how last weekend’s experience went for Vasturia, St. Joseph’s Prep head coach William “Speedy” Morris said: “What’s not to like about UVa?. It has a beautiful campus. He has some tough decisions ahead. He has offers from Boston College, Notre Dame, Davidson, Northwestern, Seton Hall, Penn State, and Princeton and Penn are really knocking on his door too. UVa has offered. Tony [Bennett] was here two weeks ago. Stanford is in there. Steve has received offers from all of the Big Five (La Salle, Penn, St. Joseph’s, Temple, Villanova). He’ll have some tough choices.”
< ?php include(getenv("DOCUMENT_ROOT") . "/sabreincludes/adTags/boxArticles.html"); ?>As a sixth grader, Vasturia impressed at Morris’ basketball camp. And he has performed well since arriving at St. Joseph’s Prep in 2009. His freshman year, Vasturia turned in some top performances as the team’s sixth man. He assumed a starting role last season and finished with 47 3-point field goals in 20 games. He averaged 17.9 points per game on the season.
Coach Morris sees Vasturia as a combo guard on the college level.
“Steve’s special. He plays without the ball very well. His basketball IQ is off the charts. He’s not the best shooter, but he’s an above average shooter. He’s not the quickest, but he’s not slow. He’s the best basketball player we’ve had in terms of knowing how to play. He’s a great passer and an above average shooter,” said Morris, who has guided the program to 214 wins and two Catholic League titles since taking over in 2001. He previously served as the head men’s basketball coach at LaSalle University.
“He knows how to play. He sees a pass ahead. And as great a player as he is, he’s a better kid. Very humble. He is a good student. He has a 3.8 grade point average.”
Vasturia won’t be the only college athlete in his family, as his father played baseball at the University of Pennsylvania. Coach Morris isn’t sure when his standout guard may make his college choice, but he didn’t rule out the possibility of a decision coming either...
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