CARACAS (FIBA Americas Championship/FIBA Basketball World Cup) - There are a few certainties when it comes to the young but very good center, Gregory Echenique.
One is that the 2.10m pivot improved a lot during his time at Creighton.
He played in the last two NCAA Tournaments.
Another certainty is that part of his growth as a player is owed to his experience with Venezuela's national team.
He has competed the past two summers for coach Eric Musselman, who is a former NBA boss, and gone into battle with New Orleans Hornets playmaker Greivis Vasquez and other top Venezuelans.
Another certainty is that Echenique will play professionally.
Having just concluded his last season in American college basketball, the 22-year-old would like to remain in the United States and play in the NBA next season.
If not, there will be interest in his services in South America and Europe.
Echenique may not be as tall as some of the other centers in the NBA, but he believes he can hold his own against any of them.
"In the national team, I have had to play against taller players," he said.
"I know I'm not the biggest, but I can make up for that with my strength.
"I think that's not a problem. I'm used to it. I'm not going to grow more."
First will be the draft.
Players not chosen by a team can sign with any club.
All Echenique can do right now is continue to work hard and be ready to prove his worth to interested teams.
For those who saw Echenique play at the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata, or at least year's FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament (OQT) in Caracas, there is plenty of upside.
"I can bring my defensive presence, rebounds, blocks," he said.
"I think that teams need them, and I think I can contribute in that way."
If Echenique is going to be catch on with a team, he’ll need to be strong in the low post.
"I have been working on the weights," he said to the Venezuelan press, "on physical condition, which is the most important thing for my position.
"I've also been working on my mid-range shooting."
Venezuela will be hoping to benefit from Echenique’s work this summer when they host the FIBA Americas Championship, a qualifying event for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.