The Sun’s Jeff Barker, along with my self remain 2 of Greivis’ staunchest defenders. Jeff wrote in Tracking the Terps”—
“I must disagree with some of you calling for Greivis Vasquez to come off the bench. The Terps need him. More to the point, they need him playing well. He’s not playing well right now, but we know that he can.
How do we know this? Because he led the Terps in scoring, rebounding and assists last season. Because he had a triple-double against soon-to-be-champion North Carolina. He was the Terp who could command the attention of defenses, the one who kept opponents back on their heels because he is a 6-foot-6 guard who can drive into the lane and score or dish.
Remember that we’re talking about a defensive-oriented team that can be scoring-challenged. The Terps were averaging 75.3 points per game entering the Villanova game. The Terps need all of Vasquez’s points — not just the ones he scores but the ones he sets up.
Fans need to see the big picture here and not get sidetracked by his inconsistent early-season performance. Sure, Maryland did fine against Villanova with Vasquez only scoring 12 points on 3-for-9 shooting. The Terps hung in largely because Sean Mosley and Jordan Williams each played the best games of their careers to date. Mosley made nine of his first 10 shots. I love Mosley and his work ethic, but he’s not going to be that hot every night. And Vasquez won’t be that cold.
I’ve said before that Vasquez almost seems to try too hard when he gets in a shooting slump. He seems to be overthinking his shots. It’s like in baseball when a pitcher aims the ball too much instead of trusting his body. Vasquez sometimes seems to shoot worse when he’s wide open and has ample time to think about and frame his shot.
But, as poorly as he’s shot, Vasquez is still third in the ACC in assists (5.9 per game). He had seven assists on Sunday night in a game in which he was limited by foul trouble. Those are still Terps baskets — regardless of who is scoring them — and against good teams the reality is that Maryland needs every last one of them.”