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It was just a matter of time-- Maryland is planning to honor Greivis Vasquez this season, presumably by raising his name and number to rafters.

A Vasquez ceremony at Comcast Center would likely be during NBA All-Star weekend -- that coincides with the Terps' Feb. 20 game against. NC State. But it hasn't yet been finalized. "We're trying to get some things done with that," Gary Williams said today.

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Many readers have asked me whether the team would honor Vasquez, last season's ACC player of the year. It didn't work to do it when his Memphis Grizzlies were in town to play the Wizards. Maryland was in New York at the time playing in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament at the Garden.

You probably know that Vasquez's number ("21") won't be retired. Freshman Pe'Shon Howard wears the number currently. But it will be on permanent display.

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Maryland doesn't retire numbers -- a position that inspires debate among fans and others.

"I would love to live long enough to see them retire my jersey," Ernest Graham, a Dunbar graduate who played for the Terps from 1978 to 1981, told me last year. His single-game mark of 44 points, set against North Carolina State in 1978, still stands.

But another Terp, Johnny Rhodes, who set Maryland's single-season record for steals in 1996, said he agrees with the policy.

"When I went to school, I wanted to wear No. 15, and that was John Lucas' number," Rhodes said. He was permitted to wear it.

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