Greivis Vasquez doesn’t care where he gets drafted in tonight’s NBA Draft. Money isn’t an issue to him; all he cares about is getting placed on a team that he says is in a good place for him to win championships.
‘To me, it’s all about winning and getting championships,” the former Maryland Terrapin guard said. “Since I left college, I’ve just wanted to get in the right situation.”
Vasquez, who is the only ACC player who had 2000 points, 700 assists, and 600 rebounds in his career, has been working out for several NBA teams since he left Maryland in an effort to get drafted by a team in tonight’s draft.
This is actually the second year in a row that Vasquez has gone through this process. Vasquez had inclinations about going pro last spring, but with experts telling him his chances of getting drafted were slim to none, Vasquez returned to Gary Williams’ Terps team and was the fuel behind Maryland’s ACC title run this year.
Vasquez said that doing this for a second straight year made him that much more comfortable when trying out for NBA teams.
“I think I can say that every team saw me last year,” Vasquez told Rex Snider and Glenn Clark yesterday on WNST. “Now because I had a huge year with Maryland and I knew what to expect going into the process.”
“I was more comfortable and I was more professional. I took every workout like an interview.”
And he has done that a lot lately. With Vasquez projected to go late first round-early second, Vasquez has worked out for almost every team out there. Now with his work put in and with his career at Maryland as his resume, he is just ready to get this process over with so he can get back to doing what he does best-playing basketball.
“I think I did a good job and I couldn’t have done it any better,” Vasquez said. “I think everything I did was good. I can’t control where I go, but I can control the way I work and the way I approach every workout.”
One thing that Vasquez said he tried to do better this year than he did last spring was to show the scouts that he was also a good-natured human being as well as a great basketball player.
“That’s the reason why they bring you into workouts,” he said. “They want to see what kind of person you are and they want to get close to you. I want to be more than a basketball player; I want to be someone kids look up to.”
Vasquez knows his home country of Venezuela is all eyes and ears when it comes to his NBA future.
“As of right now, the country is watching Greivis Vasquez. They know he’s trying to make it in the NBA.”
“That’s why I really need to know how to handle myself cause kids are watching me. And if I want the kids to know that if I can do it, they can do it too.”
What’s really kind of funny is that Vasquez said he doesn’t mind dropping to the second round, much like one of Vasquez’s favorite players and an idol of his, San Antonio Spurs forward Manu Ginobli.
“I see him and I see myself, and eventually I want to be on his level,” Vasquez said. “I wouldn’t mind dropping to 56 and getting a couple rings like Ginobli did.”
Greivis came his closest to winning a trophy this year, and while the Terps had an early exit in the NCAA Tournament, he thanked Coach Williams for all the opportunities he gave him to grow and for making him the player he is today.
And he wishes the best for the program he is leaving behind as one of the best players to ever put on the red, white, and yellow.
“The guys are going to do well cause [we have] one of the best coaches in the country and one of the best coaches in the ACC in Coach Williams. I guarantee this more than anything. He’s going to get the best out of any player that he coaches. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win the league again. I won’t be surprised if they win an ACC title. I won’t be surprised if they go to the tournament and a Final Four.”
“I know the guys are working hard, and Coach Williams is an unbelievable coach. It’s that simple.”
Vasquez said he hung around Coach Williams so much because he knew he was going to be the best person to make him the best player possible. And he plans on doing the same thing again on the next level.
“It wasn’t hard to have a relationship with Coach Williams. I wanted a future, so I wanted to get closer to him. If I go to a team and have Chris Paul as a point guard, who am I going to hang out with?
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