Maryland basketball legends chime in on Vasquez: King
Albert King tallied 2,058 career points while playing at Maryland from 1978-81. He currently sits fourth on the all-time Maryland scoring list and tied for first with John Lucas in field goals made (862).
These days, King owns several Wendy's franchises in New Jersey, where he lives with his famiy. In a recent phone interview, here's what King had to say about Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez ...
On how much he's been able to watch Vasquez and the Terrapins play this season: "I've seen a couple games this season. Please tell him congratulations. Records are made to be broken, unfortunately. I didn't know Greivis was approaching my mark. My son, Trevor, he's 13. He went online and showed me. He said, 'Dad, another one.' He loves college basketball. He's a Terps fan, of course. He thinks everyone's better than me. Even the 12th man."
On some of the key elements it takes to be able to amass such gaudy statistics: "Good health, good field goal percentage and knowing where to get your shot. I'm not saying you have to be selfish, but you have to know what is a good shot. And if you can find certain points on the court that you can consistently go to, it really helps you out."
On what it feels like to know that you are the player opposing teams are game-planning to stop: "To go on the court and to say, 'Well, tonight they're going to come after me again,' there's no better feeling than that. And you have to make sure, the most important thing is if you're being looked upon as the person that people want to stop, you're teammates have to realize that and find a way to get you open. And if that doesn't happen, you're not going to get to where you want to go. You have to have the support of your teammates. That's something that has to be consistent."
On the task of managing the responsibility of being the player opponents specifically are trying to contain: "That was a maturity level for me. In the beginning, probably the first couple years, I really didn't want to be in that spotlight, but I think once you start to mature as a basketball player, you start to realize if you can score, you better score. If you can do something to help your team, you better make sure you go ahead and do that. Because for him and for myself and for anyone else, if you don't, then you're cheating your team. So I think for him, in the position that he's in, scoring, being that leader, I really like his game."
On where Vasquez ranks among the all-time great Maryland basketball players: "Well I put myself No. 1. (He starts to laugh.) No, it's hard to really rate someone as far as 1, 2, 3. I personally feel, as far as who is the greatest player at Maryland, Len Bias. From a talent level, from a physical ability standpoint, I would put him at the top. I put myself up there with all the other top players at Maryland. When you talk about forwards, guards, centers, it's very hard to compare because you do different things out there. But one thing for the young man, just to be mentioned as one of the top players is an honor in itself."
March 18, 2010; 9:02 AM ET
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