An Early Stocking Stuffer
After yet another early-season victory, the positive vibes were flowing from the Maryland locker room Monday night. And why shouldn't they be? After defeating American and avenging a loss that dampened the Terps' Christmas spirit last season, the team stands at 8-2 and in prime position to enter the conference season riding a giant wave of momentum.
A reminder of just how smoothly this bunch is currently operating was taped above Greivis Vasquez's locker stall. It was a 3X5 notecard on which an assistant coach had praised Vasquez for his performance during a practice.
Greivis: At practice on Monday you had a great attitude. You were fired up, talking a lot and look at your stats.
Assistant coach Rob Ehsan, who wrote the note, said the notecard has been there for weeks and that it was written after a practice in which Vasquez had performed particularly well while consciously attempting to inspire those around him.
Another team souce said a while back that the difference the coaching staff sought in Vasquez this season was exactly that quality -- to display the same passion and excitement at the sight of a positive play by one of his teammates as he often does after his own stellar moves.
So far, you would have to say Vasquez has done fairly well in that regard. How large of a role Vasquez's attitude toward and around his teammates has played in the team's solid start would be hard to determine, but it certainly has been more of a positive than a negative influence so far.
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