ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Alejandro "A.J." Vasquez, a 6-3 guard from Flushing, N.Y., has accepted an athletics grant-in-aid from St. Bonaventure University, Bonnies head coach Mark Schmidt announced. Vasquez will be a freshman with four seasons of eligibility.
Vasquez is a senior at The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J. This past season, he averaged 17 points per game for the Celtics, who finished 17-10. Vasquez was named to the first team All-Union County in the Watchung Division. The Patrick School finished 14th in NJ.com's end-of-season state rankings. Vasquez was coached by Chris Chavannes.
Last summer, Vasquez gained international experience when he was selected to play for Puerto Rico in the FIBA U-18 Americas Championship tournament. Over six games, Vasquez averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game with a high of 23 points against Chile. He made 40 percent of his shots overall during the Championship including 10-24 (41 percent) from three-point range. Puerto Rico made the semifinals before falling to host Canada.
Vasquez played AAU basketball for New York Lightning.
Prior to attending The Patrick School, Vasquez played at John Bowne High School in his native Flushing. As a sophomore in 2016-17, he helped Bowne win the Public School Athletic League AA Queens Borough championship.
"A.J. is a scoring guard who can score on all three levels," Schmidt said. "He has played on championship programs with high-level teammates and he understands what it takes to be successful. He is a seasoned and experienced for a player his age, including international basketball. He's a winner who makes his teammates better. He has a bright future and we're really excited to start working with him."
St. Bonaventure finished 18-16 this past season and advanced to the championship game of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Bonnies will return four rising sophomores -- point guard Kyle Lofton, guards Alpha Okoli and Dominick Welch and forward Osun Osunniyi – as well as rising senior center Amadi Ikpeze.
Vasquez will be the sixth new player at St. Bonaventure next season. The Bonnies will also add sophomore forward Bobby Planutis, who sat out last season as a transfer, freshman forwards Robert Carpenter and Justin Winston, sophomore guard Jaren English and junior guard Matt Johnson. Winston played on The Patrick School prep team this past season.
St. Bonaventure now has two scholarships remaining for 2019-20.