BREAKING NEWS: Greivis Vasquez to Return to College Park

6/15/2009 12:13:01 PM Hey folks.  Great news. It's not exactly the lead of the story, but it is right there in the second paragraph for all to see.  Greivis Vasquez has apparently announced his intent to return to school for his senior year.  I don't see any qu0tes from him or Gary Williams; but I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. As I have more info, I will update the post. Update 4:47PM:  Here's the official press release....
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Junior guard Greivis Vasquez has officially withdrawn his name from the 2009 NBA Draft, meaning he will return to the University of Maryland to play his senior season with the Terrapins.
Vasquez participated in multiple workouts with more than 25 NBA teams during the past several weeks. Throughout this process, he received tremendous feedback that has assured him he will have a bright future in the NBA. However, to ensure his long-term success after college, Vasquez has decided to return to Maryland for his senior year.
“After a great deal of thought, consideration and research, I have decided to withdraw my name from the NBA Draft and return to the University of Maryland for my senior year,” Vasquez said. “It has always been a goal of mine to graduate from the University of Maryland and earn my degree. When I signed a scholarship to come to Maryland, I promised my family back home in Venezuela that I would graduate, and doing so in four years here at Maryland will be a great achievement. The experience that I have gained over the past few weeks has been invaluable and something that will help me to better prepare to play professional basketball after my senior season. I would like to thank my family, my coaches and all my teammates who have supported me throughout this process.”
The native of Caracas, Venezuela, led the Terrapins last season in scoring (17.5 ppg), rebounding (5.4 rpg) and assists (5.0 apg). He is excited about the 2009-10 season.
“I believe we can really be a great team this upcoming season, and I am looking forward to working hard this summer with my teammates to make that happen,” Vasquez said. “We had a great finish to the season last year, and if we keep working really hard, we can have a successful season.”
Vasquez will be part of a three-member senior class for the 2009-10 Maryland season that includes guard Eric Hayes and forward Landon Milbourne. The Terrapins will return four starters from last year’s team that went 21-14 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
“We are very excited that Greivis has decided to return to Maryland for his senior season,” head coach Gary Williams said. “Greivis was able to work out for many teams and was able to talk to many teams about achieving his dream of playing in the NBA someday. I know that he received some great feedback from many NBA teams, not only about his play on the court, but also his competitiveness and professionalism throughout the process. I truly believe he will be one of the best players in the country in college basketball as a senior, and we are looking forward to this upcoming season.”
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