Here are notes from Greivis Vasquez's world as the junior guard begins the process of working out for a series of NBA teams. I've filed a story about Vasquez's schedule, which includes attending a pre-draft camp in Chicago on May 27-31. Here are some items not in the story:
*The pre-draft camp is more of a combine than a camp. It's about getting weighed and measured and doing drills. Players typically do agility tests and sprints and get their body fat indexed. Participants are not scheduled to play actual games this year.
The NBA says the testing is "anthropometric." That's AN-THRO-POM-ET-RIC, meaning related to bodily proportions. Thanks, NBA. Miss Myers, my eighth-grade english teacher, would be so delighted I learned a new word.
So what is the camp's point, you ask? It's just more information for the NBA teams. Supplemental data, really. I don't think teams make decisions based on these combines, but the data might steer them in one direction or another.
*Schools like Maryland are in an odd position. Obviously Maryland would like for Greivis to stay for his senior season. At the same time, the school says it is helping Greivis make an informed decision -- the right decision for him. Can Maryland do both those things at once? You be the judge.
*Is it significant that the Wizards told me they're interested in Greivis? Not so much. The Wizards didn't say they were interested in drafting Greivis, but rather in bringing him to Verizon Center for a workout. The team is likely to bring in dozens of players before the draft. They brought in four players Wednesday and they've scheduled more workouts for next Monday, Thursday and Friday.
*The last word is yours. Do you think The Excitable One is coming back?