Coach K's thoughts on Vasquez
A short while ago on the ACC coaches' teleconference, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was asked for his thoughts on Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez, given that this will be the final time the two meet on the court. Krzyzewski pointed out that it likely won't be the last time he has to face Vasquez, pointing to the Venezuelan's spot on his native country's national team. Krzyzewski is the current coach of the U.S. national squad.
A Maryland fan might also have added the possibility of Maryland facing Duke in the upcoming ACC tournament, but we digress.
"Greivis is a sensational player," Krzyzewski said. "Obviously, he's so talented and has a tremendous impact on the game, but coaches, when we talk about kids who have energy, who have a motor, like, 'Is your motor always on? Do you have a motor? Do you have talent and no motor?' You know, he has talent and a great motor, and you have to love that about the kid. I admire him, and I really like him a lot. He's had a great, great year and an amazing career at Maryland, one of the best careers anyone's ever had at that great school. I mean, and Maryland's had so many outstanding players, but Greivis is definitely one of them."
Krzyzewski then was asked for the best method of containing Vasquez, given the Blue Devils' relative success at containing Vasquez in the past few meetings between Maryland and Duke.
"I don't know if there is a key," Krzyzewski said. "Hope he misses. But he's not dismayed by a miss or a period of time where he's not producing at the level he would like. He's not a player -- and this is another thing I admire about him -- the Virginia Tech game is a great example. You know, his first half I think he was, I don't know, 2 for 10, and then he just dominated the second half and willed his team in the overtime to victory. It was a spectacular performance by him. And his teammates, but it was led by him. I mean, he I think he three or four threes in a row, and that's after starting 2 for 10. Those qualities are not found in many players at any level."
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