*You get the sense that this process of working out with NBA teams will be good for Greivis even if he returns to Maryland. I had never attended one of these sessions before so I didn't realize that prospects can get some feedback from guys who really know hoops. Vasquez's session was run by Washington coach Flip Saunders with help from former NBAers Sam Cassell and Gene Banks.
"Show them how they do it at Maryland, baby," Banks, who played at Duke, yelled to Vasquez during one of the drills. Banks was not shy about offering encouragement or pointers to Vasquez and other players on hand.
Greivis seemed not only comfortable but buoyant afterward.
In the two-on-two drills, he had pretty easily taken the other prospects to the hoop. Remember that there were no big men in the drills to guard the lane. Vasquez's outside shot was not great in the scrimmages, but he looked good from behind the arc during shooting drills. He made nine of 14 uncontested shots from behind the line during one drill.
Vasquez said there is no downside to working out -- this was his third such "tryout" -- for NBA teams and going against such talents as Kentucky's Jodie Meeks and North Carolina's Wayne Ellington.
"I suggest that every junior in the country should do it," Vasquez said. "Why not do it?"
He expressed faith that his outside shot and defense are improving. He said his passing is still his best skill and that point guard -- not shooting guard -- is his natural position.
"This is about me getting better," Vasquez said.
Honestly, I don't know if Vasquez is ready for the NBA. But I respectfully disagree with fans who believe the Terps would be better off without him because of his turnovers or erratic shot selection or behavior. Remember that he led a scoring-challenged team in scoring, rebounding and assists. And he genuinely wants to improve. That counts for a lot, friends.