- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 17, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — The unique working relationship between conservative Maryland coach Gary Williams and flamboyant star guard Greivis Vasquez began four years ago with a quirky exchange — one Williams recalls with a chuckle.

Vasquez was a freshman about to participate in his first practice with the Terrapins. Instead of heading directly to the locker room, the 6-foot-6 guard first dropped by the coach’s office in Comcast Center.

Williams says Vasquez leaned into his doorway, “saluted and said, ‘Reporting for duty, sir.’”

With Vasquez leading the way, the Terrapins (23-8) this week enter the NCAA tournament for the third time in four years. They open play Friday in Spokane, Wash., against Houston (19-15) in the Midwest Regional.

The Terps flew to the West Coast on Tuesday.

It’s already been a banner season for Williams, Vasquez and Maryland. Williams was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Terrapins to a share of the league’s regular-season title. Vasquez was the lopsided winner in balloting for ACC Player of the Year.

Vasquez averaged 19.5 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds this season.

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