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Books, not just basketball, at core of former Maryland star Greivis Vásquez's charity work

Books, not just basketball, at core of former Maryland star Greivis Vásquez's charity work

Maryland fans remember Greivis Vásquez as a confident, emotional leader and as a talented point guard who nearly carried the Terps to the Sweet 16 as a senior — almost single-handedly. They remember the big shots he hit and the way he shimmied his shoulders after many of them.

Yet, when Vásquez arrived in College Park as a freshman in the fall of 2006, after coming from his native Venezuela two years before to attend Montrose Christian in Rockville, he was still trying to get comfortable with the language and adapt to American culture.

While fellow freshmen Eric Hayes and Landon Milbourne were taking regular college-level...

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