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Vasquez Plans to Test NBA Draft Waters

Greetings from Atlanta. This is Eric. Just finished with Maryland's open locker room session.

Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez said he plans to declare for the NBA draft after the season and compete in pre-draft camps before he decides whether he will return for his senior season at Maryland.

Vasquez said declaring for the draft is a smart move for him because he will be able to see where he stacks up against other top guards across the country, adding: “Just to see where I am at, just to see who is going to be my competition. Probably Jeff Teague [of Wake Forest] will go to the camps because he thinks he is going to be a first-round pick. It will get me better, so if I come back I know what I will have to work on.”

It is common for top underclassmen to at least test the NBA waters and then decide whether to return to school after getting a better sense of where they might be taken in the two-round draft. Underclassmen are allowed to return to school as long as they don’t sign with an agent.

Vasquez talked about how far Maryland can go next season if he plays alongside Lance Stephenson, the highly rated guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. Stephenson is also considering Kansas and St. John’s in addition to Maryland.

“If I come back, my goal is not going to be just to make the tournament,” Vasquez said. “My goal is to win a national championship. But, in the meantime, we’ve got to get Lance [Stephenson]. With a big-time scorer I can guarantee you a lot of things.”

Vasquez made very clear that he does not want to talk about these issues right now because the focus is on beating North Carolina State tomorrow in the ACC tournament to keep Maryland’s NCAA tournament hopes alive.

“That’s my plans, but I want to win the game tomorrow,” Vasquez said.

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 11, 2009; 2:22 PM ET
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Vasquez hopes to turn pro in 2009? That seems to be a wildly optimistic view. But that's Greivis, the viva yo ('hooray for me') kid. I wonder if he'd be a starter for Carolina or Duke? Maybe he finds classwork, such as it is, too boring and onerous.

Posted by: AncientTerp | March 11, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Word on Vasquez earlier this year was he was going pro no matter what. Even if he can't play in the NBA, he can make lots in Europe (Drew Nicholas is making $1.5M/year over there). That coupled with the fact that his family could really use the money made most people think this was his last year. I think getting Stephenson would change that, and I'm not sure another year in the NCAA helps his draft stock, but maybe he thinks it does.

Posted by: CharlieF | March 11, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse


It looks like there is a good chance GV is gone if MD doesn't land Lance. Do you think there's a possibility your UA article will affect Lance's recruitment? In other words, did you become part of your story? Couldn't that story have waited until Lance declared since it appears his family wasn't happy with the extra attention your article caused? If Lance goes elsewhere can you write a fourth part to your series on how the Washington media makes it harder for Gary to recruit?

Posted by: Riddler2 | March 11, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I know coaches and employees of the University are not allowed to comment on unsigned recruits by name, so the question is are players allowed to? If not did Greivis just commit a recruiting violation by mentioning Lance by name? And did Eric set him up to do it?

Posted by: russallen1 | March 11, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

GV reminds me of another "supposed Star" that thought he was god at MD and is now playing in second rate leagues overseas. It is where GV will go! He is an average player on a horrible team (if you take away wins from American U, UMD-Eastern shore and the Midvale school of the gifted that they play each year) they are a .500 team at best. He was not that good in HS... he got the marketing hype called Stu Vetter to help him land a scholarship. I betchya in 5 years he will be found in the men's basketball leagues within the area like some other's of MD past :)

Posted by: rvanags | March 11, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Good bye.

Posted by: rew_23 | March 11, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

TEST THE WATERS? Yeah ok, the water is luke warm at best how about leading your team to some quality wins since you've the ball in your hands ninety-percent of the time, you've got one quality win(against NC) you didn't win against a beatable Va.squad you had Wake Forest on the ropes last week and YOU!! disappeared in the second half, you have a lot of improving to do to get to the next level and that level is the D league!!!!.

Posted by: dargregmag | March 11, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone remembering 2005, when the Terps were on the bubble and John Gilchrist had been focusing on the NBA? The Terps lost to Clemson in the first round of the ACC tourney (for the 3rd time that season) and missed the NCAA Tourney. Hmm ... is history repeating itself?

Posted by: TerpGrad | March 11, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Another test he's sure to fail. He's too slow for the NBA and doesn't shoot the outside jumper very well. And who tells people that they're going to test out the draft before they might be playing there last game of the season? Never mind, Vasquez does......

Posted by: ENJOYA | March 11, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

It seemed like that time was coming. MD on the bubble, probably not gonna make the tourney and disgruntled terp fans start bagging on the one guy on the squad other than Neal( who should've earned all of our respect at this point) who put his whole heart into every game. there is no doubt that gv is md's best offensive( overall?) player, the only guy in the past 20 years to sniff a triple double and for the nba's intents and purposes a 6'6" pass first point guard from a major college program. i just don't see that many flaws with his game that will hurt him in the league. Imagine if he did get drafted to an nba team, more likely than not he isn't a lotto pick so he'll probably go to a decent team with decent players around him to help him, nothing at all like his time at umd.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 11, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

It's funny how everyone talks about the lack of talent on the team and poor recruiting by gary when they're losing, but when their best player decides to weigh his options he becomes the villain who didn't win x amount of games. He has little help out there. How many nights do you get absolutely nothing from tucker,bowie, hayes, dupree, the korean kid and the list goes on. He goes out there and has to try to win it almost by himself everynight because if yall think he's inconsistent then those other guys are nonexistant. If yall don't like vasquez so much, and he's such an "average" player why aren't yall happy he's leaving, why get so worked up if he's not wanted in the first place?

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | March 11, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez is one of those 'interesting' players that the ACC seems to foster. His game is actually better suited to the matchup-land of pro ball than to the disciplined, coach-heavy college game. He's streaky in the extreme, but he has a very broad skill-set.

To succeed in the NBA, you need to be good at most things and excellent at one. With Vasquez, his ace in the hole is his energy. He's a Ginobili-style energizer guy, probably better suited to an NBA bench than a starting role. But if you think about his strengths -- tall, good passer, excellent range, active on the boards -- rather than his weaknesses, you draft the guy in the second round, and he may end up in your rotation.

If you saw him personally dominate North Carolina, you know what his upside can be.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 11, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I was a student last semester at MD and had the pleasure of not only having Greivis, in one of my classes and going to watch him play, but getting to know him and chill with him a few times around campus and college park. He's not cocky the way everyone makes him out to be, he's a cool guy, and he's a talented player that could excel if he had... say... an actual big-man to dish to, and a better supporting cast. People need to realize that its RARE, not the norm, for a player to be able to carry a team. Best of luck Greivis, whatever you wind up doing.

Posted by: golfguru | March 11, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

If GV leaves and LS doesn't come on board you are looking at 5 out of 6 years with no dancing.

Posted by: restonhoops | March 11, 2009 8:56 PM | Report abuse

He's nuts to even think about playing in the NBA. His ball handling skills are subpar, he makes too many mental errors, and he's not that great of a shooter. I don't think he'd even be drafted in the second round.

Posted by: Thundershock | March 11, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

thundershock: "His ball handling skills are subpar, he makes too many mental errors, and he's not that great of a shooter."

Why, sounds like he'd fit right in on the Wizards and half a dozen other squads.

Posted by: Samson151 | March 11, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Are the people posting negative comments here NBA scouts? I can't believe that some of you are questioning Vasquezs' talent. His perception to some is that he is cocky and this is a case where perception is not everything. That comes from his heart. He understands the mistakes that me makes and learns from them and he has clearly gotten better. He has a great touch on those runners in the lane and that is an NBA type of move. At least a pro ball type of move. And most of you know if you were in his situation you would test the waters as well.

Posted by: vanhalenx | March 13, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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