Another NBA Draft item, since there's clearly no better time to look at the pro prospects of Maryland's graduated players than today.
It comes as no surprise, naturally, that Terrapins coach Gary Williams is as big a believer as anyone in Greivis Vasquez's NBA possibilities.
Vasquez returned to school after flirting with the pros last year and wound up being voted the ACC player of the year and earning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation's top point guard.
While he won't be the first point guard selected --- that would be Kentucky's John Wall --- he'll still go off the board at some point. In all likelihood, Vasquez will be among the first four-year college guards selected tonight.
"I think he'd be great for any NBA team just because of the things he can do," Williams said. "He's 6-6, he's up to 205 now. No player on a team will work harder than he does. There's a lot of guys that work hard and they can work as hard as Greivis, but no player will work harder. He's gotten better as an athlete this year. He's improved his jumping and his quickness. Anything you want to measure."
That's a not-so-subtle reference to just why Vasquez did come back for a memorable senior season. Without assurances he would be drafted in the first round --- and many of the questions about his game stemming from his athleticism --- the Venezuelan remained in College Park.
There was no choice this year. It's Vasquez's draft night, and while it wouldn't be a shock if he fell into the second round, Williams believes one team will walk away with a valuable commodity this evening.
"Last year, he got hurt getting measured with all the point guards out in Chicago," Williams said. "I think it was [Kevin] Durant that was last in the bench press when he came out. It's not a weightlifting contest or a jumping contest, it's who can play. Greivis can play. He's one of the best point guards in the country. The people that have negative things [to say], they don't like his mannerisms. If they watch the way he plays, I want him on my team. I know how many games he can win for you by making the right pass, by playing good defense."