NEW ORLEANS – After spending the summer as an assistant coach for the Pelicans’ Las Vegas Summer League, former Maryland standout guard Greivis Vásquez has been selected as the associate head coach of the Erie Bayhawks, the New Orleans Pelicans’ G League affiliate for the 2019-20 season.
Vásquez compiled one of the most storied careers in Maryland basketball history, finishing as the only player in ACC history to compile at least 2,000 points, 700 assists and 600 rebounds. As a senior, he was awarded the 2010 Bob Cousy Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation’s best collegiate point guard.
Vásquez helped lead Maryland to three NCAA Tournament appearances, in addition to the 2010 ACC regular season title. He was selected 28th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft to the Memphis Grizzlies. Over his seven-season career he averaged nine points, 4.8 assists, and 2.5 rebounds, as he played for New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Milwaukee Bucks, and Brooklyn Nets.
His NBA career came to a halt as he had continual issues with his ankle after undergoing several procedures. While leaving a return to the court on the table, Vásquez is looking forward to stepping into the coaching world to share his knowledge and passion for the game.
“It’s an unbelievable experience for me. I haven’t been around basketball the last couple of years because I was trying to get healthy and still am trying to get healthy,” Vásquez told PressBox before the Pelicans’ Summer League season ended. “It doesn’t get any better than when you have the No. 1 pick on your team, you basically get all of the attention. I’m having a blast, I’m having a great time and I thank God for this opportunity.”
In several interviews, Vásquez also shares his hopes to return to the University of Maryland one day to be a part of the men’s basketball team in any aspect.
“Eventually I do want to be around the school and do something with the basketball program. Not right now, I’ll say eventually. Maryland is my heart, the University of Maryland did so much for me and changed my life. I am always going to be grateful and whatever ways I can help the school I am more than down,” Vásquez said.