Vera Jo Bustos coached five years at the University of New Mexico and two years at Western State Colorado University. Vera Jo was inducted into the Adams State Hall of fame in September 2019. She is one of the youngest inductees in Adams State history. VJ just published her first book: A Mindful Journey
She spent the 2011-12 season playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece, for Apollon Kalamarias. She averaged 11.2 points and 5 rebounds as a rookie in the top league of Greece. Previously, Bustos was a stand-out player at Adams State from 2007-11. During her time in Alamosa, Colorado, Bustos not only became the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,859 points, but she also became the school’s all-time leader in minutes played (3,805) and games started (105). In her four years, Bustos averaged 17.5 points per game and set records for most points in a game (36), most 3-pointers in a game (8) and most points in a half (27).
As a graduate of West Las Vegas High School, Vera Jo Bustos was a standout and commonly known throughout the state of New Mexico, where she was a 3-time Athlete of the Year selection. She still owns the school record for points (2,098), rebounds (935), assists (536), steals (331) and games started (125).
What They’re Saying About Vera
I am writing in appreciation for the time you spent in the PGC 1-on-1 mentoring program with my daughter Kendall Harris. Her time with you meant a lot to her. She didn’t want to share much with my wife and me because she said “this is my thing, Dad”, but I can certainly tell that she was impacted.
Kendall took all the trainings very seriously and was always eager to meet with you. She has improved her skills – in particularly shooting – quite a bit during this pandemic. Your time with her helped enhance her performance and provide motivation to get out in the driveway each day. Confidence (tied to having a terrible mistake response) has been a tremendous issue with her and I hope she can move in a more positive direction towards her goal of having a successful next 3 years in high school, with hopes of playing in college.
Thank you for serving Kendall this past month,
— Mike Harris, Parent