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Greivis Vasquez works out for Washington Wizards

Former Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez was one of six players who worked out for the Washington Wizards on Monday. His group drew quite an audience, too. Among those watching the workout were new team owner Ted Leonsis, general manager Ernie Grunfeld and none other than Gilbert Arenas, who was suspended for 50 games in January for bringing guns into a Verizon Center locker room.

Vasquez played alongside former Michigan State forward Raymar Morgan and former Gonzaga guard Matt Bouldin, among others. Morgan said he directed some good-natured ribbing toward Vasquez for the last-second manner in which Morgan's Spartans defeated Vasquez's Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA tournament in March. Vasquez did not return much fire.

"I really didn’t want to see him that much before we started working out because I got flashbacks,” Vasquez said with a grin.

Here's more of what Vasquez had to say after the workout concluded:

On what it was like playing in front of Leonsis, Grunfeld and Arenas: "It’s not really pressure. It’s just fun. It’s really fun to be here. I basically grew up in D.C. I’ve been here for six years, so it was fun. It was good. I came over here early and I saw Gilbert playing one-on-one with one of his boys. I was like, 'Wow.' It feels good. It feels good."

On how his experience in last year's NBA draft process is helping him prepare for his workouts this time around: "I have more experience. I use that in a way that other guys who don’t have that experience, they don’t know what to expect so you get a little nervous. I already know what to expect so I come here with confidence and I know what I got to do. It’s all about attitude. You’ve got to be positive the whole time and showing you can be a good teammate and getting guys better. I’m a point guard that can play the two guard ... It’s not always about can I shoot the ball better, can I score every time. Because they’ve already watched me for four years. It’s about getting guys better and competing."

On how he will have to adapt to play in the NBA: "The biggest thing is it’s about winning. I know my role is going to be different in an NBA team than it was in college. It’s not about me playing 48 minutes and taking big-time shots. It’s just maybe coming off the bench and being a backup point guard and learning from some veteran guys and getting better until eventually I become the starting point guard of a team. It’s going to take me a little while. It’s always hard in any process you do at the beginning. So I understand that. I don’t have no ego. It’s not like I got to go to a team and be the starting point guard right away. No, I got to work my way up. I want to earn everything I get in the NBA, so obviously, I want to come to a team like this if I can and work hard and help the team win games by maybe being the guy that comes to practice and gets guys better, or whether I backup somebody, Gilbert or somebody, playing at the point guard position or the two-guard. I know my role. It’s not like I have any ego and I have to be the superstar like I was at Maryland. No, it’s about winning. I want to win."

On where in the draft he might be selected: "I’m not really afraid of the draft. I think going through the whole process last year and seeing the guys who got drafted second round or guys that got undrafted. Wesley Matthews got undrafted. DaJuan Blair was a second rounder. It’s not about whether I go fifth in the draft or (No.) 20 or (No.) 35 or second round or undrafted. It’s just the right fit. Maryland was the right fit for me for four years. I want to be with the right team in the right situation. I want to develop my game into a level where I become a big-time pro, and it’s going to take a little while. You know, a lot of people get caught up with whether I go middle first or late first or high second. I just want to be with the right team in the right situation."

On what Wizards Coach Flip Saunders told Vasquez when the two might in private after the workout: "They’re obviously looking at me. Anything can happen. We’ll see if I’m going to be up to that pick or not (referring to the Nos. 30 and 35 picks the Wizards possess in addition to the No. 1 overall chioce). They’re trying to rebuild the team and obviously he told me I did a good job. It was a great meeting. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet personally the owner, which I wanted to do."

By Steve Yanda  |  May 31, 2010; 2:31 PM ET
Categories:  Men's basketball  
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If the Wiz go with Vazquez it will probably be with the 35th pick and go for a big man with the 30th pick.

Posted by: OG_Barno | May 31, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

They need length, rebounding and defense; get 2 bigs with those.

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 31, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that Arenas was there. Perhaps those rumors of them wanting to deal him are incorrect.

Posted by: anacostia85 | May 31, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Gil wants dealt.
He will be welcomed back with open arms by the fans and the new owner.
He'll be the only big name on the team and he'll have a lot to prove.
I'd like to see Vazquez catch on with a team that gives him a chance. He seems to have a good attitude.

Posted by: VBFan | May 31, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

I think if Elliot Williams of Memphis is there at either spot, they draft him instead.

Posted by: Samson151 | June 1, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I hope they get Zoubek or some other big guy late in the draft. Marc Gasol was a second rounder and now hes shining in memphis.

Posted by: jefferu | June 1, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

jefferu--time to beat it. there will be no advocating for zoubek

Posted by: jpfterps | June 1, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

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