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UAB added another piece to its 2022-2023 men’s basketball signing class on Monday. Alejandro Vasquez of Salt Lake City Community College signed with Andy Kennedy’s UAB program.

"We are very pleased that AJ has committed to be a Blazer,” Kennedy said in a release. “He is a strong, versatile guard who can impact the game on both sides of the ball. His experience will allow him to come in and immediately impact our program next season."

Vasquez is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound guard, who is from Queens, New York. He played at The Patrick School Hillside, New Jersey, which is the same school that produced current UAB standout Jordan Walker. Vasquez spent his first two college seasons at St. Bonaventure before transferring to Salt Lake City CC.

During his freshman season at St. Bonaventure, Vasquez played in all 31 games, averaging 6.3 points in 16.2 minutes per game. He scored in double digits seven times, including a 20-point effort against Rutgers. The next season, he averaged 4.4 points in 13.4 minutes per game.

Vasquez averaged 17 points and 6.5 rebounds in his first two games this season. On Monday, in a 101-94 win over traditionally strong Florida Southwestern State, Vasquez had 28 points, five rebounds and an assist. He was 9-of-16 from the field, 7-of-11 on 3-pointers and 3-of-5 from the free throw line.

In high school, Vasquez played for Puerto Rico in the FIBA-U18 Americas Championship Tournament. In six games, he averaged 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists.

UAB’s early signing period class consists of Vasquez, forward Christian Coleman of South Plains Junior College and point guard KJ Satterfield, who is from Ohio but is playing at The Patrick School as a senior. Vasquez and Coleman are each Top 10 junior college recruits for the 2023 class.

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