Posted On: 02/23/18 12:00 PM
There’s still some talent left to be plucked from Washington’s 2018 class, and Bethel’s 6-foot-1 combo-guard Santiago Paz could be a diamond in the rough.
There’s been one area JuCo that has reached out to the slick senior guard, but that’s it as of now.
“Only Edmonds Community College has reached out to me. They reached out about a week ago, and they said they’d like to see what my future plans are after high school,” said Paz.
“JuCo is a route I’d feel most comfortable taking right now. I don’t feel real comfortable going to a four-year school. And I think my recruitment has been under the radar because I go to a small school and we haven’t won that much.”
A heady guard with an adept ability to score, Paz defined his skill-set to PHWA.
“My strength as a player is my ability to shoot the ball. I have range, I can shoot from beyond the arc consistently,” said Paz. “I can get to the hole, and I am quicker than a lot of people think I am. And I think I have underrated athleticism.
His senior season with the Braves didn’t go as well as he’d of liked, they finished 4-16. But Paz was good; the leading scorer for the team, he averaged 14.7 points per game.
“We feel like we left a lot of wins on the table, we lost a lot of games by one or two baskets,” said Paz. “My role on the team was to score the ball, be a leader vocally, and defend the other team’s best player.”
Though Edmonds is the only JuCo to reach out to him, Paz says he’d be willing and eager to play at that level moving forward.
“I’m a little weak, so I feel like if I get a year or two to help improve my game a little more, and to get bigger and stronger, then I’ll be ready to play at a higher division,” said Paz.