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 holds records at WLV for points (2,069), rebounds (935), assists (536), and steals (331).
Bustos went on to play at Adams State University, where she capped off her college career in fine fashion (2007-2011). During her senior season, she became the Grizzlies
All-Time career scoring leader (1,859), helped lead ASU to their second straight – and second ever – NCAA tournament appearance, led the Grizzlies to their first three post-season wins in 19 years and made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
Bustos holds records for most three’s in school history (270), most points in a game (36), most points in a half (27), and most three’s in a game (8). Accolades from her career also include:
• WBCA Division II All-American
• Women’s Division II Honorable Mention All-American
• Daktronics All-American Ballot
• NCAA Central Region All-Tournament Team
• 2 time Daktronics All-Region First Team
• 4 time First Team All RMAC
• RMAC West Division Player of the Year
• RMAC Freshman of the Year
• 5 time RMAC player of the Week
Vera Jo spent one year playing professional basketball in Thessaloniki, Greece. She averaged 11.2 points and 4.9 rebounds as a rookie in the Top Division Greek League.
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.
Vera Jo graduated with degrees in Exercise Science & Sports Psychology, which commends her knowledge of the mind and body. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Administration.
At the conclusion of her athletic career, Vera Jo coached at Western Colorado University for 2 seasons and the University of New Mexico for 5 seasons. She currently holds a seat on the New Mexico Athletics Commission Board.