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Posted On: 05/24/18 3:47 PM
2019 guard Luis Pacheco was a key factor for SLAM this past season.
His group went 29-3, losing in the Class 4A state semifinal to eventual champion Westminster. Pacheco dropped 25 points in the region final win over Florida Christian and had 23 points in an early season loss to Miami Christian.
He averaged 10.0 PPG, 6.4 APG, 3.5 SPG and 2.4 RPG in his junior year.
Pacheco called it a special season overall.
“I got to grow as a player and try to make a name for myself. My confidence grew in my outside shooting and coach (Thomas) Roque believing in my ability to make plays for others,” he told Prep Hoops. “Making a run to states was huge but we didn’t finish how we wanted the experience was good in preparing for another run next season.”
This travel season, Pacheco is playing for Florida Gold Coast. He said it has been going great so far.
“We won the championship in the Adidas Silver Gauntlet in Dallas, Texas,” Pacheco said. “We also went undefeated in the Source Hoops Showcase. Getting to compete against players from different places has been great. A chance to really see how good you have to be every time you’re on the court.”
No offers have come yet for the speedy point guard, but he’s drawn interest from Ave Maria, Marietta, Western Oklahoma, UNF and Palm Beach Atlantic.
In terms of his biggest strengths, Pacheco said that was his vision, ballhandling and defense. He’s aiming to improve his shot off the dribble and pull up game.
Four seniors graduated from the athletic SLAM group from a year ago. Pacheco alongside 2019 guard Isaad Solano, 2019 forward Josh Neely, 2020 guard Kentron Poitier and 2021 forward Justin Neely. Look for Pacheco to add some seasoning to his game this summer.