G. Williams: Vasquez draws criticism because he's 'not a cookie cutter-type player'
Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez is somewhat of a lightning rod -- nationally, regionally, even around campus. While it's likely that most Maryland fans hope that Vasquez performs well -- because ostensibly, that means the team has a better chance of succeeding -- not all of them like how Vasquez goes about conducting his performances. He's flashy and brazen and confident, and that rubs some people the wrong way.
So even when Vasquez scores 30 points, as he did during Tuesday's loss at Wake Forest, there were some who criticized the manner in which he reached that point total. He converted nine of his career-high 27 shot attempts against the Demon Deacons. And several emailers have said they would have preferred Vasquez drive to the basket before taking that final shot in overtime.
Point is, Vasquez always seems to draw as many critics as he does admirers for the way he plays. Earlier today, Coach Gary Williams was asked about his thoughts on how his star player is received by the general public.
"I think, first, we live in this area," Williams said. "If they can criticize the President of the United States, then they can criticize a basketball player, so you have to (the criticism) that for granted. If he's a some places, you know, in Columbus, Ohio, I coached there, you know, it's rah-rah for the Buckeyes all the time. It's not quite like that around here, so that's part of it.
"Greivis is a personality that's not afraid to show his emotions; I'm sure that's part of it. Some people resent that because your're not a cookie cutter-type player. You don't act like people think you should act all the time, but every player has a way to play to get himself to play the best he can play, and Greivis grew up, you know, playing with a lot of emotion, playing with a lot of guys that played with emotion, and that's the way he plays."
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