Maryland's Vasquez Plans to Declare for NBA Draft

Maryland junior Greivis Vasquez says he will test NBA Draft waters but leaves the door open for a return to College Park.
Maryland junior Greivis Vasquez says he will test NBA Draft waters but leaves the door open for a return to College Park. (Preston Keres - The Washington Post)

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By Eric Prisbell
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, March 12, 2009

ATLANTA, March 11 -- Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez said Wednesday he plans to declare for the NBA draft after the season and compete in pre-draft camps before he decides whether to return for his senior season at Maryland.

Vasquez said declaring for the draft is a smart move for him because he will be able to see where he stacks up against other top guards across the country.

"Just to see where I am at, just to see who is going to be my competition," Vasquez said. "Probably Jeff Teague [of Wake Forest] will go to the camps because he thinks he is going to be a first-round pick. It will get me better, so if I come back I know what I will have to work on."

It is common for top underclassmen to test the NBA waters and then decide whether to return to school after getting a better sense of where they might be taken in the two-round draft. Underclassmen are allowed to return to school as long as they don't sign with an agent.

Vasquez talked about how far Maryland can go next season if he plays alongside Lance Stephenson, a highly rated guard from Brooklyn, N.Y. Stephenson is also considering Kansas and St. John's in addition to Maryland.

"If I come back, my goal is not going to be just to make the tournament," Vasquez said. "My goal is to win a national championship. But in the meantime, we've got to get Lance [Stephenson]. With a big-time scorer I can guarantee you a lot of things."

Vasquez made clear that his future plans are secondary to the Terrapins' task at hand, which is beating North Carolina State on Thursday in the ACC tournament to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive.

"That's my plan, but I want to win the game tomorrow," Vasquez said.

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