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Treinding Topics: Greivis Vasquez, Bio and Video

Friday, June 25, 2010
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Greivis Vasquez (January 16, 1987(1987-01-16)) is a Venezuelan basketball player who ended his U.S. college career with the University of Maryland men's basketball team in 2010. Vasquez finished second on the Terrapins' all-time scoring list, with 2,171 career points.

He was born in Caracas and moved to the United States to attend high school at Montrose Christian School in Rockville, Maryland in 2004. During his senior year at Montrose, he committed to the University of Maryland to play under head coach Gary Williams.

In 2007, Vasquez played on the Venezuelan national basketball team in the FIBA America Championships. In his final college season of 2009–10, he was one of three Venezuelans playing in NCAA Division I men's basketball, with the others being David Cubillan of the Marquette Golden Eagles and Gregory Echenique of the Creighton Bluejays.

Senior Year (2009–10)
As a senior, Vasquez averaged 19.6 points, 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game over 33 games. Vasquez is the only player in the country to average more than 18 points and 6 assists per game. His honors included the 2010 Bob Cousy Award given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the nation's best collegiate point guard, for which he edged out Sherron Collins (Kansas), Scottie Reynolds (Villanova), Jon Scheyer (Duke), Evan Turner (Ohio State), and John Wall (Kentucky).He just now got picked 28th in the NBA Draft for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Against Georgia Tech on February 20, 2010, Vasquez scored the 2,000th point of his collegiate career, making him the only player in ACC history to compile at least 2,000 points, 700 assists, and 600 rebounds. The following week, Vasquez set a new career scoring high with 41 points in the Terrapins' double-overtime victory at Virginia Tech. Vasquez also scored 20 points in Maryland's home win over Duke on Senior Night, and made several critical baskets and assists in the final minutes to secure a victory. Vazquez helped lead Maryland to a 13–3 conference record to tie Duke for the regular season ACC championship. He was named a unanimous first-team All-ACC selection on March 8, 2010, and the ACC Player of the Year on March 9, 2010, beating out Duke's Jon Scheyer and Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney. Vasquez also won three ACC Player of the Week honors in his final season, which brought his career total to seven.

He was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 28th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.



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