Fans of the Maryland men's basketball team got a glimpse of the future yesterday at Towson University - and they liked what they saw from recruit Greivis Vasquez.
Vasquez, a 6-foot-5 guard from Rockville's Montrose Christian, was one of four Terps recruits on display playing for Team USA in the sixth annual Charm City Challenge, which pits high school all-stars from the Baltimore metropolitan area against all-stars representing the rest of the United States.
A native of Venezuela, where he played on the junior national team, Vasquez led all scorers with 27 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals in a 92-88 loss to Baltimore.
"He was impressive," said Terps fan Jim Cooper, 53, of Cockeysville. "Vasquez really put on a show."
Throughout the game, Vasquez - who some fans said reminds them of a younger Manu Ginobili - wowed the crowd with accurate three-point shooting (3-for-5) and flashy no-look passes. He averaged 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists this year for Montrose.
Vasquez and fellow Maryland recruit Eric Hayes (Potomac, Va.) traded off duties at point guard and shooting guard for Team USA in what could be a preview of the Terps' backcourt.
"We're starting to get a feel for each other," Vasquez said of the 6-foot-3 Hayes, who averaged 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists this year.
"I can play point guard and he can play two guard or we can switch. It keeps the defense guessing."
Despite a few times when Vasquez and Hayes seemed out of sync, fans said they were generally happy with the guards.
"The one thing Gary Williams really needs is a point guard," said Howard Bernheim, 53, of Owings Mills. "Hayes reminds me of Steve Blake. If he's as good as Blake, we'll be in good shape."
Two other Maryland recruits, forwards Jerome Burney, of East Point, Ga., and Landon Milbourne, of Oak Hill Academy (Va.) - both of whom averaged 12 points - helped Team USA.
Burney scored six points with five rebounds and five blocks, while Milbourne contributed two points and two assists.
Meanwhile, McDonogh's Georgetown-bound DaJuan Summers ran up the score for the Baltimore team.
Summers earned the event's Most Valuable Player award for his 19 points, six rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Walbrook's Rodney Spruill also scored 19 for Baltimore, which leads the series with Team USA 4-2.
In a preliminary game yesterday between all-stars from Baltimore City schools and suburban schools, the city team prevailed, 93-82. Walter Sanders of Mervo had a game-high 25 points.
Summers also captured the event's slam dunk title Friday night at Dunbar, and Josh Wenderoth of Owings Mills won the three-point title.