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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 and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2014
Forget for a moment about where Maryland-Duke might rank in the pantheon of college basketball rivalries and think back instead to Duke fans chanting "Sweat, Gary, sweat" at former Maryland coach Gary Williams. His face is glistening and his silver hair is matted as he stalks the sideline under the hot lights at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Think about Maryland fans howling a four-letter profanity at the Blue Devils, or Juan Dixon tarnishing Duke hero Shane Battier's senior night with 28 points, or Jay Williams' icy stare in the huddle before leading Duke back from 10 points down in the "Miracle Minute" game that still nags at the Terps who played in it. "Not our rivals," the Cameron Crazies condescended in recent years, trying perhaps too hard to poke the Terps where it hurt most.
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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 Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | March 5, 2013
If Maryland plays North Carolina on Wednesday half as well as it did the last time a monster snowfall hit the region, Mark Turgeon will be a happy man. With weather forecasters calling for up to a foot or more of snow starting tonight and into tomorrow, it brought back memories of the Terps' famous 92-71 rout of the Tar Heels at Comcast Center in February 2010. I covered it, and it was the wildest frat-house atmosphere I've ever seen at a basketball game. They called that storm “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpocalypse.” The roads were a mess, and at first, Maryland officials were actually telling fans not to drive to the game.
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By PETER SCHMUCK and PETER SCHMUCK,peter.schmuck@baltsun.com | January 14, 2009
When the Maryland Terps take the court tonight against Miami in their first ACC road game, the guy wearing No. 21 will look like the same Greivis Vasquez who exploded in anger at the student section during Saturday's comeback victory over Georgia Tech at Comcast Center, but it will be a slightly different guy. The new Greivis isn't going to scream expletives at the crowd again anytime soon and - I presume - he's not going to make a post-game statement that...
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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 Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | February 6, 2007
College Park -- His English is sometimes fragmented - Greivis Vasquez Josue Rodriguez taught himself the language two years ago in preparation for a telephone interview required for admission into Montrose Christian School. The words he speaks, though, are genuine and earnest. Virginia@Maryland Tonight, 9, Comcast SportsNet, 1300 AM, 105.7 FM Line: Maryland by 7
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | March 6, 2007
The pipeline between the tiny private school in Rockville known for its basketball prowess and the huge state university in College Park with a resurgent men's basketball team was opened last year by the unlikeliest of players. Freshman guard Greivis Vasquez, who came to Montrose Christian from Venezuela, became the first Stu Vetter-coached player in more than a decade to choose Maryland. Two more, guard Adrian Bowie and forward Shane Walker, will join him in College Park next season. Those who suspected a dispute between Vetter and Maryland coach Gary Williams see Vasquez as the ultimate olive branch, but the two coaches insist there wasn't a problem between them after Exree Hipp's career fizzled with the Terps in the mid-1990s.
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By Heather A. Dinich and Heather A. Dinich,Sun reporter | November 3, 2006
College Park -- The requests began with a paper cutout of a turtle, then progressed to a basketball, a cast, and even the back of one young fan's red sweat shirt - while he was wearing it. Maryland freshman guards Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes haven't played one minute in a college basketball game, but after the Terps' first open scrimmage, wide-eyed and waist-high fans approached them for autographs. Their veteran teammates watched from their seats on the scorer's table, their lanky legs dangling over the edge.
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November 30, 2006
Good morning --Greivis Vasquez-- Keep playing like that, and John Havlicek will know who you are.
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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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February 1, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Is Dez Wells Maryland's next great player? Don Markus: A generation of Maryland basketball has produced only a handful of truly great college players. Len Bias and Juan Dixon remain at the top of the list, with Joe Smith, Walt Williams, Lonny Baxter and Greivis Vasquez rounding out a very select group. Johnny Rhodes, Keith Booth and Steve Blake are certainly in the discussion.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
Maryland has made it official with Roddy Peters and Damonte Dodd . The Terps announced Wednesday that they received letters of intent from the two 2013 recruits. Peters, a 6-foot-4 guard from Suitland, and Dodd, a 6-foot-9 center from Centreville, make up the No. 21 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports.com. Peters, a four-star prospect who committed to the Terps last month, averaged 25 points and seven assists as a junior. “Roddy is a great kid and comes from a great family,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a news release.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Eric Hayes spent the first two years after graduating Marylandin 2010 playing basketball in three different countries and moving closer to his ultimate goal - becoming a coach like his father, Kendall, who had coached for years in Northern Virginia and stopped to watch his son play for the Terps. Hayes split the fall of 2010 and the winter of 2011 between professional teams in Spain and Lithuania, then played last season in the NBA's Developmental League in the birthplace of professional football - Canton, Ohio.
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June 29, 2012
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. The Maryland football staff held a “get to know us better” event this week with the media. Does the school and its PR firm want us to see a new Randy Edsall? Jeff Barker: Not new. A little repackaged, maybe. The Maroon firm isn't trying to reinvent the coach. Good public relations firms know you don't try to make clients anything that they are not. You don't want them to appear forced or phony.
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By Don Markus | June 4, 2012
The New Orleans Hornets have the first and 10th pick in the 2012 NBA draft. The first pick is believed to be a lock in Kentucky's Anthony Davis, but a number of names have been mentioned at No. 10. Terrell Stoglin has not been in that group -- and has barely been talked about as even a second-round pick since declaring his eligibilty for the draft after being suspended for a year by Maryland last month. So what was the former Terps guard and last season's ACC top scorer doing in the Big Easy Monday working out for the Hornets, who don't even own a second-round draft pick?
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By RAY FRAGER | April 6, 2009
NCAA men's final 9 p.m. [chs. 13, 9] Regardless of how the Michigan State-North Carolina game plays out, you must be there for the end of the telecast, just to see "One Shining Moment." And if the brief glimpse of Greivis Vasquez doesn't move you to tears, then you just have no heart.
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By JEFF BARKER | January 12, 2009
After the Georgia Tech win, Greivis Vasquez asked rhetorically who was the one who threw the passes that allowed Eric Hayes to hit three-pointers in the second half. ... Of course, the answer is Greivis himself. And the clear implication is that Greivis feels he is unappreciated. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.com/trackingtheterps)
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
It's been five years since I arrived on the Maryland beat, beginning by filling in on some 2007 games. That's long enough for a retrospective -- a bloggy montage -- of memorable Maryland moments during the period. Feel free to add some of your own. Favorite football game: Danny O'Brien throws four touchdown passes to Torrey Smith as Maryland beats a ranked North Carolina State team, 38-31, in the 2010  regular-season finale. The Terps saved their best that season for last.
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By Don Markus | March 21, 2012
Sophomore guard Terrell Stoglin tweeted today that he's returning for another year at College Park . That's great news for Stoglin's development, but is it great news for the Terps? Stoglin gradually grew on me this season. At the beginning of the year I posted a blog about whether Stoglin was going to become the next Greivis Vasquez or the next John Gilchrist. At the time, I thought he was leaning toward Gilchrist - a talented player who thought he was better than he really was and would bring an average Maryland team down.
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