He starred in United States high school and college basketball. Most recently, he has been a broadcaster with Spanish-language networks. Vacarro also signed another young phenom, Kobe Bryant. Vaccaro had left Nike on bad terms, and was trying to increase the popularity of Adidas in the Nike dominated USA basketball shoe market. Felipe's father, who played amateur baseball in the Dominican Republic, and his family immigrated to the U. John's Red Storm with an His numbers dipped slightly the next two years, bottoming out at As a senior he averaged He finished his career with 1, points, placing him fourth all-time in St. John's history behind former players Chris Mullin , Malik Sealy , and D'Angelo Harrison and sixth in Big East history with 1, conference points, while also ranking seventh all time in steals, 14th in assists, and 20th in rebounds.
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The magazine called him a "super freshman. Lopez was supposed to help resurrect the Big East. He was supposed to bring the St. John's program back to life. He was the Dominican Michael Jordan. He was supposed to be a messiah. There was a lot of pressure," says Lopez, now just a few months shy of turning
That would have been impossible to imagine 25 years ago, back when he practically owned magazine covers and newspaper headlines. But he has been out of the spotlight for a while, at least until it came time to promote a film about him. Imagine how it was when he was the biggest thing in New York basketball.