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Vasquez to Enter NBA Draft

Minutes ago, Comcast SportsNet reiterated what Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez told me on March 11: that he plans to declare for the NBA draft but not immediately hire an agent so he still has the option to return to school for his senior season.

Vasquez, a junior who led Maryland in scoring, rebounding and assists, told me during the ACC tournament that he planned to declare for the draft after the season and compete in pre-draft workouts before he made his final decision about returning to school.

The decision to declare is common for talented underclassmen because they can get a better sense of where they would be taken in the two-round draft. Underclassmen who declare by the April 26 deadline can return to school as long as they do not sign with an agent.

Vasquez, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard, is projected to be a potential late-first-round or second-round selection. He may also have lucrative opportunities to play international basketball next season, but Comcast SportsNet reported that Vasquez has ruled out playing overseas.

When Vasquez stated his intentions in March, he stressed that he did not want his plans to become a distraction for the team and that he was focused solely on Maryland returning to the NCAA tournament. Vasquez, who averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5 assists, helped lead the Terrapins to the second round of the NCAAs, where they lost to Memphis in Kansas City.

Vasquez, who was named to the all-ACC second team for the second straight year, greatly improved his decision making as a junior, lowing his turnovers per game and becoming a better overall floor leader. But he also drew attention to himself for cursing back at his own fans during the regular season and for saying that a talented Memphis team would probably have a losing record in the ACC.

In another expected development, Maryland announced that Braxton Dupree has received his release and will transfer from the school. The 6-foot-8 sophomore played in 25 games this season, starting six. He averaged 2.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

By Eric Prisbell  |  April 22, 2009; 6:48 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Comments

I still say Vasquez comes back.

Good luck to Dupree wherever he ends up

Posted by: terpsandyanksfan | April 22, 2009 6:58 PM | Report abuse

I think he'll come back. He can play himself into the lottery next year.

Posted by: Colm1 | April 22, 2009 7:37 PM | Report abuse

i wish dupree well too...i had high hopes for him but judging by the situation, he is destined to fall back further on the bench...i think this is a good move for him and a good move for the terps as it opens up a schollarship that really wasnt gonna have a chance to produce much...some of these in the past i havent agreed with...

hassan fofana and andre collins are the two that come to mine...we kinda needed those guys...fofana for the beef and collins onces gilchrist lost his head...

anyway...does this mean we have a spot open for stephenson?!?! :D or some ringer...really gotta make this count and if gv goes...then there is another that really needs to count...

exciting times for the turtles!!!

whats next...whats next!!!

ok back to the tv...LETS GO CAP!!!

Posted by: deadskin | April 22, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Anybody else annoyed that SportsNet tried to make this such a big deal? Like we already didn't know that Greevy was going to enter and not hire an agent right away.

I spent the entire day thinking there was an actual announcement already. I'll blame my ulcer on the folks at SportsNet.

Posted by: jrraley | April 22, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

CSN can be forgiven for not knowing this had already been reported. After all, very very few people actually read this blog...

Posted by: terpsfan09 | April 22, 2009 9:48 PM | Report abuse

I think he'll come back. He can play himself into the lottery next year.

Posted by: Colm1 | April 22, 2009 7:37 PM

Sorry, but what are you smoking? I enjoy GV, but this guy's future is in Greece or Italy. No way he ever starts in the NBA.

Posted by: mcmelton | April 23, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Braxton could help at Loyola or one of the other area schools.

Greivis' game is better suited to the pros than to college. In the NBA, his eccentricities wouldn't seem out of place. He's an off-the-bench guy, a little like Ginobili except skinnier.

Still, I think he'll be back, because he won't get into the first round.

Posted by: Samson151 | April 23, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Sorry about your ulcer jrrayley, but don't blame us. Yes, while GV may have told Eric on March 11th his plans, you can darn sure bet if Eric or any other media member had knowledge of when papers were being filed they would report that in a heartbeat. The other carrot being of course that he's ruling out playing overseas which is a rather large carrot, one less speed bump if you're a Terp fan wanting GV to come back. I love the fact that my media brothers poo poo the report, but if they had it, I'm guessing they'd write about it, but they didn't did they.

Posted by: ChickHernandez1 | April 23, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

So now Vasquez can take his fine art of stupid turnovers, unneccessary trash talking and not backing it up, to the NBA.

Good luck pal.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | April 23, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

It will be nice seeing Vasquez back in a Terps uni next season. Young bucks down low, veterans on the perimeter. Give that extra scholarship to Lance or Painter.

Posted by: fushezzi | April 23, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

You tell 'em Chick. I couldn't agree more. Members of the media love to trash their competitors whenever they get beaten to the scoop, and CSN simply beat the Post and everyone else to the news that the papers had been filed and that Greivis wasn't considering Europe. This is not debatable, Eric.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 23, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

GV is a 6-6 point guard with a motor and an ability to get others involved. He will be a late first round pick and be a decent NBA player. Probably off the bench for awhile and do some spot starting. Next years draft is projected to be deeper.

Posted by: restonhoops | April 24, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Holy Crap! Did Restonhoops just write something positive?

Posted by: Section505203 | April 24, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Chick....spell my f-ing name correct! Just Kidding.

Anyway, what "scoop"/"report"...again. There isn't much of a story. He's still undecided. And if he does go into the draft, ultimately, and is drafted in the 2nd round or not drafted then he could wind up in Europe. He's guaranteed NOTHING by entering the draft and not being a 1st round pick. Again...there was no real decision...hence no real "scoop". I go all hot bothered over nothing!

Posted by: jrraley | April 24, 2009 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez is a hot dog with a big mouth. He won't lead the Terps to anything next year.

If he finally gets to the NBA they will eat him up and spit him out.

See ya!

Posted by: petecard | April 26, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Vasquez is a hot dog with a big mouth. He won't lead the Terps to anything next year.

If he finally gets to the NBA they will eat him up and spit him out.

See ya!

Posted by: petecard | April 26, 2009 2:31 PM

This from the guy who made the following predictions:

C'mon all of you FOG's, let's hear about how the Terps are going to win one or two in the ACC.

Don't bother to make your MSG reservations. They won't get that far in the NIT.

Posted by: petecard | February 18, 2009 11:05 AM

Let's face it. We are toast.

Another disappointing season with a team that just doesn't measure up.

We aren't even a factor in the ACC, much less nationally.

Missing the tournament for the 4th time in 5 years is simply unacceptable.

Our program is a real disappointment and I am disgusted.

Let's hear it Koolaid drinkers.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 6:30 PM

Gary should use the game against NC State to get ready for the NIT.

Maryland plays in the NIT so often it should consider becoming the title sponsor.

Turtle Soup, brought to you by Gary Williams. Simply warm and serve.

Posted by: petecard | March 9, 2009 8:56 AM

Barno,

We ARE toast. You think beating NC State means anything?

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Right now we have a mediocre program.

The FOG's think Gary should be able to write his own ticket.

Posted by: petecard | March 1, 2009 10:22 AM

Gary's contract will be up in 2-3 years. That's where the focus should be.

Posted by: petecard | March 13, 2009 10:33 AM

Why not just deal with the bottom line: We are going to miss the tournament this year for the 4th time in 5 years.

Unacceptable.

Gary's responsibility.

Posted by: petecard | February 19, 2009 10:32 AM

Posted by: Barno1 | April 28, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

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