Wacky Maryland Hoops Day Update: Vasquez to Make Plans Official Tomorrow

April 22, 2009 | Glenn Clark

A few tidbits….


First, Comcast SportsNet sent out a pair of press releases today. Their first press release stated that they had an exclusive interview Thursday night with Greivis Vasquez regarding his future plans with the University of Maryland. An hour later, they said the interview was no longer on; but they would instead have further information regarding Greivis’ status tonight on their “SportsNite” show.

My best guess is that Greivis told Chick Hernandez he was going to attend some Pre-Draft Camps before making a final decision on whether or not he would return to school. As the school has never released anything OFFICIAL regarding Greivis’ future, this may have been viewed as news. However, seeing as how Greivis had already made those plans clear while the Terps were in Kansas City; someone at CSN might have quickly let someone in their PR department know that the interview didn’t technically contain any real “news.”

This is pure speculation on my part, and they might well let us know tonight that Greivis has decided to hire an agent and will be leaving school. But I don’t count on that. Also, it is almost completely inconceivable that Greivis has decided already to return to school, as he would lost the opportunity to participate in Draft camps. Greivis doesn’t have to make a final decision until June; and I doubt he will until then.

(UPDATE: Chick Hernandez says the announcement was that Vasquez will file his paperwork tomorrow morning, and will participate in the NBA Draft process. He will NOT hire an agent, and says he does not want to play professionally in Europe. In other news, the world is reportedly flat.)

Second, the schedule for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge has been released, and Maryland will visit Indiana as part of the event. No time/TV announcements yet; but here are the dates and games:

Monday, Nov. 30th

Penn State at Virginia

Tuesday, Dec. 1st

Maryland at Indiana
Michigan State at North Carolina
Northwestern at N.C. State
Virginia Tech at Iowa
Wake Forest at Purdue

Wednesday, Dec. 2nd

Boston College at Michigan
Duke at Wisconsin
Florida State at Ohio State
Illinois at Clemson
Minnesota at Miami

Maryland has traditionally done very well in the event at home, but has struggled on the road.

Third, if you are on the WNST Text Service, you received a text saying Braxton Dupree (Calvert Hall) had been granted his release from the school. Nothing surprising here, as this move has been speculated since Braxton was benched early in the season. He will likely move to a mid-major school in hopes to build confidence against lower competition. He has the size that should lend to him being good, but it just has not clicked against ACC opposition.

All of this news in the same week that Gary has reportedly worked back into the Lance Stephenson picture, the Terps have gotten involved with former Florida big man commit DeShawn Painter, and St. Frances star Terrell Vinson chose UMass instead of the Terps.

Busy week!