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Terps basketball alum Greivis Vasquez ‘dreams of being the coach’ at Maryland

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Former Maryland basketball star Greivis Vasquez is currently an NBA free agent. The Brooklyn Nets released him back in November when Vasquez was due for ankle surgery. Doctors removed a bone spur and “loose bodies” from his right ankle, and the Nets didn’t have any use for him.

Amidst his recovery, Vasquez dropped an interesting nugget in an interview with HoopsHype. (Emphasis mine)

I see that you feel comfortable helping and teaching. Do you see yourself as a coach in the future?

GV: It is an option. Dreaming is nice and it’s free. I dream of being the coach of the University of Maryland or coaching in the NBA within 15 years. I’d also like to coach the National Team of Venezuela. But I also dream of becoming an entrepreneur, having a large company and helping others by creating jobs.

Vasquez is one of the most celebrated Maryland players in recent history, if not all history. If he’s looking for a post as an assistant in a few years, chances are he’ll be able to get one somewhere.

Vasquez hinted briefly at this in an interview with Testudo Times last year.

TT: You think you’ll give Maryland a call after your career and, if you get the chance, you’d be interested in doing some kind of coaching there?

GV: Yeah. I’ll take my chances. I think eventually. Not right now. I think down the road, having so much time, spending so much time with the game, it gives you so much knowledge. But I’m not there yet. Right now, I wanna see Turgeon and the program winning a championship for us.

But for now, Vasquez has a career to finish. He told HoopsHype he’s still in constant contact with the Nets, who’ve offered him the chance to “come work with them” when he’s healthy. It’s not totally apparent what that means, but Vasquez says he wants to play five more years.

In other news

The women’s basketball team cruised past Illinois.

Maryland’s 2017 recruiting class brought a defensive line refresh.

Maryland men’s lacrosse usually has a tough defense. The Terps aren’t there yet to begin the season, which is unusual. But there’s plenty of time for that to change.

Here’s an excellent feature on American football in France, from SB Nation’s Louis Bien.

The Big Ten East ranks sixth out of all FBS divisions, according to S&P+. Thought it’d be higher? Maryland and Rutgers are dragging that ranking down a little.