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It's Official: Greivis Vasquez Hath Returned

The General is back.

For good? Not sure about that, but he's significantly improved from earlier this year. Whatever it was - the NBA, pressure from himself or others, workouts, early season rust - the problem is waning, and Greivis is looking better by the game.

Against Florida Atlantic, he put up 26 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists, numbers good by any measure. That was his third game in a row with 20 or more, as well as his third in a row with at least 6 rebounds. Every measure of his game has improved in the past few weeks.

Earlier in the year, it was evident that something wasn't quite right. Things seemed more forced and more mechanical at the same time. It appeared the fire wasn't there. When a player is as emotional as Vasquez, the passion needs to present. His own comments, via Patrick Stevens:

"I don't know if I was putting pressure [on myself] or not, but things weren't really smooth with myself," Vasquez said. "Obviously, I had to get myself going as a leader of the team. The last couple weeks I've felt pretty good, and I'm just going to continue to get better."

Whether the thoughts on passion were simple appearances or not is uncertain, but his game is definitely getting back to form, and the trademark swagger has come back with it. Shoulder shakes have returned.

Maryland will need plenty of them when it comes to ACC play.