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Czyz, Mosley Shine; U-Md. Rumors Abound

Some thoughts from the Capital Classic. Olek Czyz is tough. He acknowledges needing to work on his jumper and game away from the basket, but he left everyone impressed with his tenacity and willingness to work around the basket. Most guys 6-7 prefer to play on the outside. A late addition to the game, George Mason recruit Andre Cornelius was terrific for the U.S. team. Obvious to see how Sean Mosley can help Maryland if he qualifies. He was smooth with the ball, never forcing things and could shoot the three and get to the basket. Afterward, U.S. team coach Dan Hurley talked about how Mosley carried himself like a star. Georgetown recruit Henry Sims also played well, as did Florida State recruit Deividas Dulkys, who showed good three-point range.

There was discussion afterward about whether the outcome was because of a significant talent gap (my theory) or because the locals were only interested in trying to show off their individual skills.

Also, plenty of buzz about what Maryland's roster might look like. Mosley said he took the ACT on Saturday and is scheduled to take the SAT again in May. There also is plenty of speculation that former Suitland guard Bobby Maze, now attending Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, won't end up in College Park, perhaps replaced by another junior college player, Tyree Evans of Richmond. And while Greivis Vasquez and the rest of Maryland's players took in a few minutes of the game before heading to the practice court to scrimmage, there was rampant speculation that Vasquez will declare for the NBA draft.

By Josh Barr  | April 14, 2008; 12:04 PM ET
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would love to see him flounder in the d league. do it vasquez!

Posted by: Anonymous | April 14, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Who in the blue blazes is suggesting that Vasquez would declare for the NBA Draft? Amongst the stupidest moves of all time, that would be up there with Yinka Dare, the Bullets' drafting of Kwame Brown, and John Gilchrest's antics of a few years ago.

Is someone thinks that Vasquez can be drafted by an NBA team, they need to take a look at tape from the last 2 seasons. If Grievis thinks he's ready for the NBA, he needs to look at tape of the last two seasons, particularly this past season where he may have led his team in scoring, but it was a team that failed to reach 20 wins and a season in which he was near the top of the NCAA in turnovers. Vasquez needs to stay right where he is, and if he can cut down his turnovers, or give over the point position to someone who can do it without giving the ball away (Bowie, Hayes, or Mosley), he may be a 2nd round pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.

Posted by: Terpfan | April 14, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I'm not saying it's the best move (if it happens), but who would have thought D.J. Strawberry would spend the season in the NBA?

Posted by: josh barr | April 14, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Mason has a future star on their hands with Andre Cornelius. How does Coach L do it?!?! Andre was probably the most impressive of all the players yesterday.

Posted by: Rex from Oxon Hill | April 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

That would be a shame if Vazquez left. He's just not ready. He's a rail thin & cant shoot.

Posted by: JWBBZ | April 14, 2008 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Vazquez declaring for the NBA draft??!! That's funny unless he is flunking out of school. Then it's just plain stupid.

Posted by: virtueandvice | April 14, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez+NBA+now = ludicrous

Posted by: Ntlekt | April 14, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

this is a joke right? are the same clowns that got in Gilchrest's ear or gave Lennie the junk advising this kid. he needs 2 more years with Gary. talk to the Juan or Steve. enjoy fans that love the passion and have over looked seeing passes to the cute cheerleaders on the end line. this isn't even close to POSIBLE, comprende?

Posted by: devans | April 14, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Congrats Greivis!!! This is just to show you all who don't think can turn guys into nba talent. Vasquez is a great terp and I love him and he will do awesome in the nba!!

Posted by: Clubside | April 14, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Cornelius was not the best player in the game. There were at least 12 players that have a higher upside than he does. He had a good game, but he is not a highly-ranked player. GM fan, I did not want to rain on your parade.

Posted by: fan | April 15, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Went to the Capitol Classic and wasted 2 hours of my time. One of the worst basketball games I have ever witnessed. I left after the 3rd quarter because I couldn't take it any more. Won't be back next year. Fool me once shame on you, Fool me twice shame on me!

Posted by: epm | April 15, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

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