Does Vasquez belong with all-time Terps greats?
Here's a topic that tends to rile up the customers, especially after a few beers, but we bring it up anyway. Just don't wreck the joint. And remember: no smacking the bartender. I got a day job to go to after this.
OK, here goes: with Clemson coming into Comcast Center tonight and Maryland (19-7, 9-3 in the ACC) down to four regular season games remaining and a shot at a first-round bye in the conference tournament next month, let's talk about the driving force behind the Terps, the Venezuelan Volcano himself, Greivis Vasquez.
Specifically, how does he rank with the all-time greats who've played at Maryland? Do you put him up there with Len Bias and Walt Williams, John Lucas and Albert King, Joe Smith and Juan Dixon? Or does the very reading of that sentence cause you to spit your beer across the room and want to throw a bottle at my head?
Easy there, sport. I bring this up because the Shimmy Master is having another terrific season, averaging 18.8 points per game, 4.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists and practically carrying the Terps offense on his back.
Last year, the senior guard became the first Terp to lead the team in points (17.5), rebounds (5.4) and assists (5.0) and was voted All-ACC second team.
So, no matter what you think of the guy's uneven play at times or his antics on the court, his numbers match up pretty well with the best who've ever played at College Park.
With the considerable help of Terrapin Times publisher Keith Cavanaugh, I weighed in on this topic last week in The Baltimore Sun, which you can read here. But now we want to know what you think.
Does he rank in the Top 10 of all-time Maryland greats? How about the Top 15? And if you were lukewarm about Vasquez a few weeks ago, has his brilliant play of late won you over?
Or does his whole act turn you off worse than warm beer?
I hope the plate-glass window is still intact when we're through.
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