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Greivis Vasquez to Return to Maryland

Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez withdrew his name from the NBA draft and will return to Maryland for his senior season, Maryland Coach Gary Williams confirmed in a phone interview.

"He talked to about 14 or 15 (NBA) teams and really got a good feel for his situation," Williams said. "I think he's made a great move. He returns as possibly the best guard in the ACC and one of the best guards in the country. He's got a chance to play on a good team, and I think he'll be in a really good position for next year's draft."

Vasquez met with Williams and Stu Vetter, Vasquez's coach at Montrose Christian, on Sunday and Monday, the latter gathering coming hours before the 5 p.m. deadline by which underclassmen had to decide whether to remain in the draft.

Vasquez led the Terrapins in scoring (17.5 points per game), rebounding (5.4) and assists (5) last season, during which he earned second-team all-ACC honors and led the team to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

By Steve Yanda  |  June 15, 2009; 3:04 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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Terps win the ACC in 2010.

You heard it here.

Posted by: Barno1 | June 15, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Why was Vetter in the meeting?

Posted by: dovelevine | June 15, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm reserving excitement until I see something directly from UMD or Vasquez. Haven't heard anything directly attributed to an "official" source. We've got approx 40 minutes til the deadline.

Go Terps!

Posted by: TerpGrad | June 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

i have missed the terp insider board. where is petecard or poopy to shed some negative light on this positive development?

Posted by: jpfterps | June 15, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!

The Terps play better basketball and are a better team when grevis is not on the floor, I was hoping he would never be able to sabotage the terps again.

And before anyone starts picking the terps to win the acc, how many ncaa tournament games have the terps won with grevis?

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | June 15, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Updated info from Yanda (but not identied as an update) - quote from Gary. YEAH!! Definitely helps the team next year!

Posted by: TerpGrad | June 15, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

peteywheatstraw, have you watched a Terps game in the last 3 years? Until Mosley or someone else proves otherwise, GV is the only elite talent on the floor for the Terps. The rest are role-players. How many NCAA tourney games have the Terps won with Greivis? 2. Remember, one player does not a team make.

Posted by: rd81 | June 15, 2009 4:44 PM | Report abuse

It certainly helps. However, winning the conference? Something that has been accomplished only once since Gary arrived some 20 years ago? By a team whose shoelaces the current one isn't fit to untie?

Fine, but when that doesn't happen, Barno1, are you going to actually ask why your prediction failed to come about, or are you going to throw yet another Parade to distract from your obvious incompetence?

Posted by: mabkhar | June 15, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

mabkhar, what does this mean?

"By a team whose shoelaces the current one isn't fit to untie?" huh?

not sure about winning the conference, but the terps shuold make noise. the acc might not be too strong next year. any word on gerald henderson going pro?

Posted by: jpfterps | June 15, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

With Teague staying in the draft UMD might be a much improved team in the conference with Vaquez back. Their challenge is consistency on the offensive end.

Posted by: oknow1 | June 15, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is great news. I am a transplanted Terp in Nebraska and had the opportunity to see the Terps play in KC at the NCAA tourny. GV's passion for the game was evident even though our results were not what everyone wanted in losing to Memphis. I am not predicting an ACC Championship or advancing far in the NCAA Tourny but this team is by far better with GV coming back and playing out his final year. He will have alot to prove to impress scouts for the NBA next year so they know what type of guard he will be. I expect GV to make everyone around him better this year because I believe he is going to get the ball out of his hands more so the NBA knows he can be a true piont guard. Good decision GV you really kept Maryland basketball on the map.

Posted by: Nemo4 | June 15, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Yesssssssssssssssssssss!

Vasquez was the best player on the floor for the Terps last season. Of course, it's better that he returns.

As for winning in 2010, that'd be a trick with a front court full of question marks. Milbourne is strong, but after that they have Gregory, Kim, Burney, Pearman and Goins. Gregory contributed the most out of these five but had only 2.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. Hope the two incoming freshmen bigs learn quickly. If one performs like Joe Smith did in his first year than they can make some noise.

Look for the guards to carry the team again. And with Vasquez, Hayes, Mosley, Bowie and Tucker, that's as deep, talented and experienced a backcourt as there is in the ACC.

Nevertheless middle of the pack (or a bit better) is what I expect in the ACC this year. Hopefully they squeak into the tournament again.

Posted by: paul6554 | June 15, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

2009 Project Starters:
G. VASQUEZ, L. STEPHENSON, J. WILLIAMS, J. PADGETT, L. MILBOURNE

Bench:
S. MOSLEY, E. HAYES, A. BOWIE, C. TUCKER, D. GREGORY, J. KIM

Posted by: iamasofaking | June 15, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. That really SUX. Was really hoping the kid would get some shotty advice from a inexperienced greedy agent looking to get paid. I kinda feel badly for the kid, the only guy who thinks he's got any skillz is GW. If GW puts him at 2-guard, the team will be just over .500. If he lets him run the PT, well, heres to another year of Turnovers, ball-hogging, unfathomable arrogance, and a sub .500 record.

Posted by: tomfoley1 | June 15, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Huge news! Thanks Greivis!

Posted by: lavar609 | June 15, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure all you guys are pitching major wood in your shorts right now but we'll see how you all are feeling come late Feb '10 when .500-Gary and the Terps are struggling to stay a .500 in the ACC.

For all of Vasquez's antics how many NCAA titles has he helped bring to College Park?

Exactly!

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 15, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

i have missed the terp insider board. where is petecard or poopy to shed some negative light on this positive development?

Posted by: jpfterps | June 15, 2009 4:20 PM
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Oops, sorry jpfterps, looks like Pete and I aren't the only ones who feel this way.

Welcome to the board peteywheatstraw, mabkhar, and tomfoley1.

You all will so find out that if you disagree with Barno1 and the like, (for example if you think Gary shouldn't have a free-lifetime pass to coach UMD or if you don't think it's acceptable for the Terps to finish .500 in the ACC) than they'll try to verbally beat you down. On an internet messageboard no less. Talk about sad, huh?

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | June 15, 2009 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Get your facts straight tomfoley. These are the per game stats for the best seven guards in the ACC last year:

Greivis Vasquez 5.0 assists / 2.8 turnovers / 5.4 rebounds / .4 blocks

Jeff Teague 3.5 assists / 3.4 turnovers / 3.3 rebounds / .6 blocks

Gerald Henderson 2.5 assists / 2.2 turnovers / 4.9 rebounds / .8 blocks

Jack McClinton 2.8 assists / 2.6 turnovers / 3.1 rebounds / 0 blocks

Tyrese Rice 5.3 assists / 3.8 turnovers / 3.8 rebounds / .2 blocks

Ty Lawson 6.6 assists / 1.9 turnovers / 3.0 rebounds / .1 blocks

Wayne Ellington 2.7 assists / 1.6 turnovers / 4.9 rebounds / .2 blocks

Vasquez out rebounded all of them.
Vasquez had a better assist to turnover ratio than all but Lawson.
Vasquez scored more points than all but Teague and McClinton.
Vasquez had a better free throw percentage than all but McClinton.
And his 6'6" size made him one of the best defensive guards as well. Note, Vasquez had more blocks than all but Henderson and Teague.

In short, Vazquez made 2nd team All-ACC (for the second year in a row), because he was a top-5 guard last year. The stats don't lie. So of course, it's better that he returns to the Terps next year.

Posted by: paul6554 | June 15, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I luv poop.

Posted by: iamasofaking | June 15, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

i THINK IT IS A GREAT MOVE AND WILL MAKE THE TERPS VERY COMPETITIVE IN 2010. IF THE 2 NEW BIG GUYS CAN HOLD THERE OWN WE SHOULD BE TOP 4 IN THE ACC

Posted by: carolina1 | June 15, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Huge news for the Terps. GV will certainly help them stay competitive in a potentially down year for the ACC. 1 or 2 guys in the front court will need to step up. To the guy who mentioned Stephenson, I don't think there is any chance he ends up in College Park. That guy is a walking NCAA violation and if Gary/Debbie are smart they stay away.

Posted by: SkinsFan991 | June 15, 2009 8:26 PM | Report abuse

As things stand right now there is definitely a much greater than zero chance Stephenson ends up at Maryland. I am definitely very detached from whatever happens with that, but his father says Maryland is still very much in the picture.

As far as being a walking NCAA violation I don't think that has truly been demonstrated. Maryland certainly needs to do full due diligence in evaluating things like the web site issue, definitely.

The Post wrote that negative article recently which while containing some legitimate statements about the guy was in my opinion needlessly excessive in its negative tone.

Posted by: jake177 | June 16, 2009 1:06 AM | Report abuse

Terps no longer after Stephenson.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/basketball/mens/bal-lance-stephenson-615,0,1739869.story

For a school scared of NCAA violations, this is a smart move no matter what GV did.

Posted by: CapsNut | June 16, 2009 6:09 AM | Report abuse

Poopy! Yer back, with venom and bile for GW!! Disagree with you. This is great news for the program. Great news. No Stephenson drama is good news. But if you are going to start bashing, stick to bashing the big men on the team until they have proven their worth otherwise.

That said, I predict 10-6 (or better) in the ACC. My assumption is that the improvements to Gregory (displayed at the end of last year) and Milbourne playing his natural position (SF) will result in more balanced scoring. Separately, I believe that either Padgett, Williams or Burney will step up to prove more than a competent replacement for Neal. Coupled with the flight of several first and second team ACC stars from the competition (ok, I don't pay much attention at all to their incoming recruits) and the fact that we have Seniors who have proven they can play at this level, I would expect a better killer instinct and more consistency throughout the season.

In terms of hope - I hope that Kim is more than the Earl Badu of this team...ok, more than the Grinnon of this team.

Posted by: HughGRection | June 17, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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