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By JEFF BARKER | February 24, 2009
I think Gary Williams believes you can't pull apart Greivis Vasquez's game without risking dismantling the whole thing. Turnovers, penetration, creative passes, clutch shots, exhorting - it's part and parcel of the same thing. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com /terpsblog)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2013
NEW YORK -- The conversation took place during his freshman year at Maryland. Greivis Vasquez, still learning a new language and getting adjusted to playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference, sat down in his coach's office one day to talk about his dreams. "He told me that he wanted to play in the NBA," Gary Williams recalled recently. "I told him, 'You've got the size, you see the court really well, you can shoot fairly well. It's just a matter of getting better every year.' He just took that to heart and went with it. Greivis got better every year.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | November 23, 2007
Greivis Vasquez looked disgusted. "I don't even think we made any threes," the sophomore guard said after Maryland lost to UCLA on Monday night. "We need to shoot the three better." Lehigh @Maryland Today, 4 p.m., Comcast SportsNet, 1300 AM
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg, The Baltimore Sun | June 15, 2011
Former Maryland Terrapin guard Greivis Vasquez, who is now a member of the Memphis Grizzlies, is in his native Venezuela this week as part of a U.S. State Department "sports diplomacy" program that hopes to use athletes to improve international relations, especially between countries with strained relationships. Vasquez, a Venezuelan citizen, is teaming with former NBA player Darvin Ham and former WNBA Player Kayte Christensen to hold a series of basketball clinics for kids, as well as meet with local sports officials.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,Sun Reporter | December 2, 2007
COLLEGE PARK -- Illinois was in possession against Maryland at Comcast Center on Wednesday night when the ball swung to Greivis Vasquez's man. Priming himself to play defense, Vasquez leaned forward, slapped both palms on the court and howled. The sophomore guard was posturing neither for the television cameras nor his opponent. Maryland vs. VCU Tonight, 7:30, Verizon Center, Washington, MASN, 1300 AM Line: Maryland by 3 1/2
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | March 7, 2009
COLLEGE PARK -Gary Williams didn't need long to respond. Has there been another Terrapin, the Maryland coach was asked yesterday, who can match Greivis Vasquez's versatility? "Walt Williams," the coach quickly replied, referring to the man who holds the school record for points in a season (776). As Maryland (18-11, 7-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) tries to strengthen its case for an NCAA tournament bid today against Virginia (9-17, 3-12), Vasquez is nearing a milestone. The junior guard can become the sixth player in ACC history to lead his team in scoring, rebounding and assists.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | January 24, 2009
COLLEGE PARK - Some people travel to Mediterranean spas to find their mojo. Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez prefers a bandbox filled with howling, undulating, body-painted Duke University partisans. Vasquez, who has been in a shooting slump lately, said he can't imagine a better place to regain his stroke than Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium - from which he draws inspiration, energy and focus. Maryland (13-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) visits No. 2 Duke (17-1, 4-0) for the third time in Vasquez's career at noon today.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | February 13, 2008
COLLEGE PARK -- What Greivis Vasquez faces on the road is no different from what he gets at home. Though fans at Comcast Center don't chant his name derisively as the crowd did last month at Virginia Tech, they have filled Internet message boards with critical, mean-spirited remarks about Maryland's sophomore guard. So what Vasquez will experience tonight, when the red-hot Terrapins play second-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C., is really nothing compared with what he went through in December, when the Terps bottomed out after embarrassing home losses to Ohio and American.
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By RICK MAESE | March 12, 2009
ATLANTA - There's a reason Greivis Vasquez will take the court at the Georgia Dome tonight determined to scratch, claw and sweat his way through 40 minutes. There's a reason they'll have to drag him off the hardwood if the scoreboard isn't tilting in Maryland's favor when the final buzzer sounds. There's a reason he vows to play tonight's game against North Carolina State as though it's the last time he'll ever wear a Maryland jersey. That reason? "It could be," Vasquez said yesterday.
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By David Steele and David Steele,david.steele@baltsun.com | November 27, 2008
You can call Greivis Vasquez a lot of things - and for two-plus years, he has been called a lot of things. But you definitely call him self-aware. After another of his patented "No-no-no-yes!" shots to send Maryland's game against Vermont last week into overtime and toward an eventual victory, he was asked what he was thinking as he launched it. "I said, 'They are either going to love me or they are going to hate me. I don't really care,' " he replied. That's Vasquez, take him or leave him, and Gary Williams will take him for exactly that reason.
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By Matt Vensel | May 6, 2011
Former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez has never been afraid to gush about now-retired basketball coach Gary Williams and the impact he has had on his life and his career. The shimmying sharpshooter often expressed his love and adoration for Williams during their four years together in College Park. The gushing continued Thursday night when Comcast SportsNet tracked down Vasquez, whose Memphis Grizzlies are in the second round of the NBA playoffs, for his thoughts on his former college coach's stunning retirement.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2010
Like so many Atlantic Coast Conference games, this one came down to its frenetic end — to those final minutes when the crowd is loudest and every basket and defensive stop is magnified. These are the moments — when reputations are made — that Maryland owned at Comcast Center last season. Led by three talented seniors, the Terps went undefeated in ACC games at home. But on Sunday, everything seemed to be reversed. Maryland missed critical shots and free throws at the end, and a more experienced Boston College team prevailed, 79-75, in both teams' first ACC contest of the season.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2010
In their minds, it's still unfolding. Korie Lucious is making his 3-pointer and slowly turning to run down court, his mouth guard dangling from his lips, as green-clad Michigan State teammates rush from the bench to greet him. For Maryland's three starting seniors, the last moments of their 85-83 NCAA tournament loss are like a ringing in their ears that won't quite be silenced. "I see it all the time," said forward Landon Milbourne, one of the three starting Terrapins for whom the Lucious shot on March 21 is the final memory of otherwise bright college careers.
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by Matt Vensel | matt@bthesite.com and b free daily | March 11, 2010
Allow me to applaud Greivis Vasquez for all the awards he has racked up during his senior season at College Park. Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year. Sporting News first-team All-American. A blue ribbon from b for the best dance move by a Terps combo guard. All fine individual accomplishments from a fine player. Vasquez's curtain call has been one of the finest single-season performances in Maryland men's basketball history. But chiseling his face -- including that big, busted-up honker -- onto the Mount Rushmore of Maryland hoops next to Len Bias, Juan Dixon, Joe Smith and John Lucas is premature.
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By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com | March 9, 2010
Gary Williams and Greivis Vasquez have long been each other's most passionate advocates. When Williams, the Maryland men's basketball coach, was criticized in the media last season over the team's direction and recruiting, it was Vasquez, the star player, who snapped at reporters: "He has got more money than all of you guys together. He's not worried about what you guys say." When Vasquez is called a showoff by fans, it's Williams who says his senior guard is often misunderstood.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | June 16, 2009
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, who led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists last season, said Monday that he has opted to return for his senior season. The decision means Vasquez, who spent the past month performing workouts and drills for NBA teams, has withdrawn his name from the June 25 NBA draft. Coach Gary Williams met with Vasquez on Monday afternoon in the coach's Comcast Center office. Vasquez left after the meeting was over, then returned a short while later and enthusiastically shook hands with the coach he has often defended.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,jeff.barker@baltsun.com | June 16, 2009
COLLEGE PARK -- Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, who led the team in scoring, rebounding and assists last season, said Monday that he has opted to return for his senior season. The decision means Vasquez, who spent the past month performing workouts and drills for NBA teams, has withdrawn his name from the June 25 NBA draft. Coach Gary Williams met with Vasquez on Monday afternoon in the coach's Comcast Center office. Vasquez left after the meeting was over, then returned a short while later and enthusiastically shook hands with the coach he has often defended.
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By RICK MAESE and RICK MAESE,rick.maese@baltsun.com | March 8, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -Here are the Terps, heading back to College Park with just a couple of days to lick their wounds and make one last desperate push for the NCAA tournament. They'll roll into Atlanta on Tuesday night for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, tasked with a tall order: "We might have to make something impossible possible," junior Greivis Vasquez says. That's what the season has come to: A team that showed again and again that it struggles with probable must now make the impossible possible.
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By RICK MAESE | March 12, 2009
ATLANTA - There's a reason Greivis Vasquez will take the court at the Georgia Dome tonight determined to scratch, claw and sweat his way through 40 minutes. There's a reason they'll have to drag him off the hardwood if the scoreboard isn't tilting in Maryland's favor when the final buzzer sounds. There's a reason he vows to play tonight's game against North Carolina State as though it's the last time he'll ever wear a Maryland jersey. That reason? "It could be," Vasquez said yesterday.
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By RICK MAESE and RICK MAESE,rick.maese@baltsun.com | March 8, 2009
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -Here are the Terps, heading back to College Park with just a couple of days to lick their wounds and make one last desperate push for the NCAA tournament. They'll roll into Atlanta on Tuesday night for the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, tasked with a tall order: "We might have to make something impossible possible," junior Greivis Vasquez says. That's what the season has come to: A team that showed again and again that it struggles with probable must now make the impossible possible.
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