Vasquez's ridiculous shot clinches POY
Does it matter who the ACC's Player of the Year is? Not really. I couldn't name the ACC POY five years ago, much less 15 or 25 years ago. But it's the same with being named to the Pro Bowl; it's the principle of the thing, and it's a source of great pride at the time of the actual event, no matter how quickly fans might forget it.
And so, if you wanted to construct a sequence in which Greivis Vasquez would definitively pass Jon Scheyer as the front-runner for this year's conference honor, it might go like this: The Duke media relations staff leaves a huge pile of glossy brochures pushing Scheyer's candidacy in the Maryland media lounge, the two players both play key roles in a tremendous nationally televised basketball game that's destined to come down to the final few minutes, and when it finally gets to be crunch time, Vasquez hits a truly absurd shot while being defended by Scheyer, who then goes down and misses at the other end. See here.
Voters presumably have a more complicated formula than watching the final 90 seconds of this game, but the gentlemen on both sides of me when that happened both said, "Vasquez just clinched Player of the Year."
"I don't think I won it yet," Vasquez said after the game. "I can't tell you that. I think Scheyer's an unbelievable player, unbelievable. He gives me headaches. He's good. He's good. And then [Malcolm] Delaney's a great player. I won't be mad if I share this award with those two guys. Scheyer, he's just good. He's good. He's good. I wish I could have him on my team."
As for that shot?
"It was a tough shot," Vasquez admitted with a smile. "It was meant to be. I'm honest. I work on those shots, but God wanted me to score that the way that I did....I work on those shots. I'm gonna be honest. It went in. it was meant to be and I thank God for that and for everything he did for us today. But it was an unbelievable shot, it was tough, and I was gonna take credit if I would have [missed] it. I made it, I'll take the credit, but I was gonna take the hit if I would have missed it. So I was gonna go for it, I was gonna take that risk, and then I got it in."
("He didn't think there was anything wrong with it, so I'm with him," Gary Williams joked.)
Vasquez also reflected on his final experience at Comcast Center, and he did so in typically Greivisian language. His quotes will be as difficult to replace as his points and his facial hair.
"I'm so happy that I came back to school," he said. "I want to thank the whole Maryland institution for having me here, I'm sure my family is so thankful too, and my whole country is so thankful. We don't have no words, how we can thank everybody at Maryland. Every professor, every student, everybody that worked with us. It's been great....
"This is a dream for me. I'm in the driver's seat. I still can't believe it man. I can't believe it. And that's why I'm so humble. People think I'm cocky? Nah, I'm humble. I'm humble because I don't believe what I'm leaving right now, and that's the beauty of life. And I thank God every morning, every day, because what I'm going through, I'm sure many man kids at home want to go through too. So it's an unbelievable feeling."
March 4, 2010; 3:08 AM ET
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