It turns out Greivis Vasquez was right. A couple of days ago, he said he'd be a first-round pick. Tonight, he was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 28th pick in the NBA draft. Congrats to Greivis. It was an up-and-down four years at Maryland – mostly up – and now he's headed to the NBA.
Vasquez obviously made the right decision returning to College Park for his senior season. I said a year ago that if he bolted campus early, he would be lucky to be drafted. I guess we'll never know. But after a spectacular senior season, one in which he was named the ACC player of the year, Vasquez proved that he was a big-time college player. Now we'll see if his game translates to the NBA (I have my doubts, but we'll see).
It was rumored that the Knicks were hot and heavy for Vasquez entering the draft, but they had no first-round pick and were unable to acquire one tonight. Now he'll play in relative obscurity in Memphis, who took two other shooting guards before Vasquez (Xavier Henry at No. 12 and Domonique Jones at No. 25). Great drafting by Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace.
In other Terps news, it appears Gary Williams will outlast Maryland AD Debbie Yow. Yow will reportedly accept the AD position at N.C. State. Since that's out of my jurisdiction, check out the Baltimore Sun's "Tracking the Terps" blog for the skinny.
Update: Jones was traded to the Mavericks in one of the evening's 187 trades.