But others prefer to point out that Vasquez did not always make the best decision with the ball in his hands. Or that he sometimes seemed too interested in personal accomplishments (his triple-double, for instance). Or that his defense was not always sharp and his shot did not fall as often as some would have liked. And there's some legitimacy to those claims.
While some of those things are true (yes, he has made a bad decision before), I can't believe there are still Greivis haters out there. His decision-making has vastly improved since his freshman/sophomore years. His shot isn't great, but no one's on this team is. I can't remember the last time I saw lax defense out of him, if ever. And he's never put "personal accomplishments" above winning - the triple-double was the only way we could've won that game, and I've never heard him brag about it. I'm confused.
The names I am hearing the strongest are Oregon State's Craig Robinson, Virginia Tech's Seth Greenberg and Utah head coach Jim Boylen. Robinson, the President-in-law, would certainly clean up the image of the program while Greenberg has coached on the west coast (he was at Long Beach State before Virginia Tech and South Florida).
I would love for this to happen. VT hoops has overperformed with Greenberg at the helm, he really improved that program. If he leaves, there's a good chance that team goes back to being bottom-feeders.
UA Fans Debate If Lance Would Fit in Tuscon
Pro side argument in a nutshell: He could grow up on campus and is skilled. And the only reason he hasn't signed with Arizona yet is because Sean Miller isn't sure he wants him yet (yeah, sure). Con side argument in a nutshell: Crack jokes about Stephenson not having an "i" in it and mention the "supermodel with herpes" joke again. Classy.
I said before, I'll say it again - I'll be upset if he ends up at a major school.
Brandon Jennings Says Lance Should Go to Europe
Brandon Jennings, if you recall, was the guy who turned down Arizona to go play in Europe (and be Under Armor's first basketball sponsoree). His advice to Lance Stephenson? Go to Europe:
"Yes, I really do," said Jennings, who spent last season in Italy and on Monday worked out for the Knicks in preparation for the upcoming NBA Draft. "I think it will humble him a lot. I think he’ll need that, just make him mature on and off the court, start doing things for himself, taking care of his responsibilities."
Mychal Parker Attends UVa's Elite Camp
Maryland's elite camp wasn't the only elite camp Mychal Parker recently attended. He also found his way down to Charlottesville for new UVa coach Tony Bennett's first elite camp. Nothing to report outside of that.
Recruiting Report: Cheeseboro headlines Milford Mill's 2010 class
Missed this yesterday. Tyrek Cheeseboro is one of Maryland's tops football target that's still a legitimate option (ie, no JR/Ego Ferguson). Matt Bracken has a little piece on him. Sounds pretty good:
"It was tremendous," Cheeseboro said of receiving the UM offer. "I was smiling from ear to ear. I was just excited about me potentially playing college football. I just couldn’t stop smiling when I went home to my parents. Just to know I could play college football [was unbelievable]. [Maryland offensive coordinator James] Franklin sat down and talked to me and said that I had a full scholarship to the University of Maryland. It was a tremendous day."
Where are they now: Teddy Dargan
Friend of TT Matt Bracken has a great piece up on former Terp DT commit Teddy Dargan. He never got his grades together and ended up never suiting up for the Terps. It's a good, quick read.
When Teddy Dargan came up short in the classroom senior year, the plan for the talented Milford Mill defensive tackle was to get as far away from the area as possible.
Mission accomplished. The one-time Maryland commitment has resurfaced 2,550 miles away from Baltimore in Yuma, Ariz., as a member of the Arizona Western College football team.
Former Lady Terp Strickland to South Carolina
We've known for some time now that Marah Strickland was transferring from Maryland. We finally know where she's headed - South Carolina.
Staley added her second transfer in less than four weeks Tuesday when the school announced former Maryland guard Marah Strickland is joining the Gamecocks.
Playing time apparently was an issue for Strickland at Maryland, which won the ACC last season and reached the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year. The 6-foot Strickland started 59 of 70 games in two seasons for the Terps, but she played 100 fewer minutes last season than she did as a freshman.