Gregory Echenique came alone to the U.S. from Venezuela as a 14-year old in 2005, looking to get a high quality education and work towards a basketball career. By his senior year in St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, NJ, he was considered one of the top prospects in the nation. He went on get a college education and excel on the court with both Rutgers University and then Creighton University.
In the weeks leading to the 2013 Draft, he began to -unexpectedly- receive invitations for tryouts from NBA teams who were looking to get a close-up look at the Center. We caught up with him in Las Vegas, where he was rendezvousing in-between flights across the country.
Original Airdate: June 23, 2013 (SportsCenter, ESPN Deportes)
Produced and written by Gustavo Coletti
Narrator: Richard Mendez
With: Gregory Echenique, Jose Echenique, Maria Carrillo Echenique, Scott Smith
New Jersey Producer: Amada Chavez
Venezuela Producer: Alejandro Antoni
Shot in location in Newark, New Jersey (June 6); Guatire, Venezuela (June 9); Las Vegas, Nevada (June 12)
Director of Photography: Paul Folger (Las Vegas)
Editors: Luis Yordan, Doug Fitzsimmons, Catherine Honeywell