The easiest question former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez faced Sunday when he saw the Terrapins visit Duke was just how the NBA was treating him.
"Best life in the world," Vasquez beamed.
Vasquez, last year's ACC player of the year, was the 28th overall pick in June's NBA Draft and is averaging 3.5 points, 1.0 rebounds and 12.6 minutes. He was in North Carolina for Memphis' game at Charlotte on Monday, and made it a point to make the trek up I-85 to catch the Terrapins' trip to Cameron Indoor Stadium.
During the side trip, he caught up with coach Gary Williams and some teammates.
"He talked to a couple guys individually," Williams said Tuesday. "I talked to him for about 15 minutes up in the coach's locker room. He's just an amazing person. I just look at he's doing there now. All the sudden he's over 20 minutes a game the last three or four games when when he missed the whole preseason with an ankle operation and all that. He figures out a way. I know for me as a coach, it was just good having him around because he kept things at a pretty positive level. It wasn't easy for him here. It wasn't easy convincing the coaches at Memphis that he should be playing, but he's been able to do that."
Vasquez wrapped up his Maryland career as the school's No. 2 scorer, and arguably his breakout performance as a Terp was his near triple-double as a freshman at Cameron. In some ways, it seemed nearly as important for Vasquez to revisit Duke and some of the great games he was a part of against the Blue Devils as it was to visit with his old coaches and teammates.
"It's good, man," Vasquez said. "It's so much fun. I love it. We're playing great. I miss this place. I miss coming over here and playing. Playing against Coach K and his teams, it's always a pleasure. They created a great reputation, so coming over here is always good."