Faith Lutheran PG Vegas Camacho is looking for a big senior season!!
Out of Las Vegas, NV Faith Lutheran’s 5’3” PG Vegas Camacho is on the court working hard preparing for the upcoming 2019/2020 high school season. It was only a year ago when she was coming off a big 2018 travel ball summer season with her club team the Las Vegas Storm. She was hitting on all cylinders heading into her junior season putting up multiple 20 point, 30 point and even 40 point performances on the court. Vegas had already garnered several D1 offers and recognition as one of the top players in Las Vegas, when the unthinkable happened. Vegas made a steal along the baseline and collided with an opposing player in a preseason game which resulted in a torn ACL.
After the initial shock and disappointment dissipated and ACL surgery was a success, Camacho set about attacking her physical therapy and her comeback to the court the same way she had prior to the injury, with toughness and resolve. Often when I was back in Las Vegas, I would stop by Hoop City Gym to see what and who was in the gym putting in work and I would always see Vegas doing something to stay in shape and connected, even if it was just shooting free throws. Through it all Vegas has continued to rehab, train and work hard in the gym every day. She continues to do everything possible to ensure a safe, solid and healthy return to the court.
During this past year Camacho has also continued with her recruiting process and narrowed her choices down to a few colleges. Through the entire process, there was one school that really stood out to her. One coaching staff that really connected with her. After a long rehab and recruiting process Vegas Camacho has proudly decided to take her talents to the Western Athletic Conference and committed to Dixie State University in St. George Utah.
While in Las Vegas I had a chance to sit down and ask Vegas a couple questions.
How is your rehabbing going?
“It’s going great, I’m pretty hype, I’m ready to go. I’m in the weight room and on the court everyday working hard. Getting stronger, getting better, just ready to go.”
How do you feel about your upcoming senior season at Faith Lutheran?
“I’m excited, it’s my senior year and I’m ready. My team is looking really good, we have a lot of key players on the team that can make this a special season. It’s a really good group and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’m going to do everything I can to lead this team and help us win. Go Crusaders!”
Tell us why you chose Dixie State?
“I was recruited by a lot of different schools but Dixie State stood out to me the most because it really fit everything I needed and wanted. It’s not too far from home, I think the city of St. George is a really beautiful place and the coaching staff is great. They really made me feel like family. I got a feeling that they believe in me. I felt very comfortable with the entire staff and team. They made my decision easy. I’m hype, I’m going to be a Trailblazer.”
What did it feel like officially signing your National Letter of Intent to Dixie State?
“It felt unreal to sign it. Everything I’ve been working so hard for is right in front of me. It made me so happy to know that I made my parents and family proud. I’m so thankful to them for all the time they’ve put into me to help me accomplish my dream and goal of playing Division 1 basketball.”
After speaking with Vegas about her upcoming season I was able to get a chance to talk to her future Head Coach JD Gustin from Dixie State University and ask him a few questions about his future point guard.
What qualities do you look for in a recruit?
“Recruiting is a lot like putting together a puzzle, so first of all, the player must fit into what we are looking for in that particular class. I also look at the kid’s experience with winning, does she understand what it takes to win? Has she had a major impact on her team winning? The player’s teammate skills are another quality I look closely at, I don’t want to coach a kid that treats her teammate poorly.”
What is it about Vegas that made you want to recruit her?
“Vegas is a determined and driven young lady, when she sets her mind to something she’s going to go get it. Her knee injury is a perfect example, she crushed her rehab. I also recruited her because she’s a point guard that can handle, pass, and shoot equally well – a rare combination. She knows when it’s appropriate to find an open teammate and get her a great shot while also having the ability to be the best shooter/scorer on the floor. Usually point guards are one or the other.”
What does Vegas bring to your team?
“She brings to our team the things we recruited her for, to be a complete PG. We will ask her to quickly learn how we play and then be an extension of our coaching staff. “
Vegas Camacho made the decision to commit to Dixie State due to the fact that through her injury and rehab, Head Coach JD Gustin and the Trailblazers continued their strong recruitment of her and the coaching staff was able to make a good impression and build a great connection with her. Dixie State did a great job and made her decision an easy one. Both Camacho’s injury and Dixie State’s continued interest are a testament to a player’s perseverance and a programs integrity in sticking with a player they wanted from the outset.
As we enter the upcoming 2019/2020 high school basketball season Vegas Camacho is ready to go and ready to lead the Faith Lutheran Crusaders. Faith Lutheran will be one of the top girl teams in the state of Nevada and Vegas will be one of the big driving forces to their success this year. She is a fierce competitor with a tremendous motor and it’s great to have her back on the court.
We wish Camacho success this high school season and a productive college career at Dixie State.