- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2009

ATLANTA | Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez said he is considering placing his name in the NBA Draft after the season to assess his value among professional teams.

The ploy is a common one for underclassmen, especially juniors who have not previously explored their NBA stock. College basketball players can declare one time and return to school without penalty so long as they don’t hire an agent.

Vasquez, who leads the Terrapins in scoring (17.8), rebounding (5.4) and assists (4.8), didn’t declare after his sophomore season, instead undergoing ankle surgery and returning for his third year.

“I have to visit with my high school coach and my family,” Vasquez said. “That’s my concern. I’m a junior, so why wouldn’t I do that just to see where I’m at? Just to see who is going to be my competition if I come back.”

Vasquez played on an NCAA tournament team as a freshman, but Maryland regressed to the NIT last season. The Terps (18-12), who meet N.C. State on Thursday in the ACC tournament first round, could wind up in either postseason tournament pending this weekend’s results.

Maryland’s chances of earning an NCAA invitation next season would increase if Vasquez returned for his final year. Vasquez, however, remains hopeful a final go-round in College Park would include guard Lance Stephenson, a New York high school star who remains uncommitted.

“If I come back, my goals aren’t just going to be going to the tournament,” Vasquez said. “My goal is going to be winning a national championship. But in the meantime, we have to get Lance. With a big-time scorer like Lance, I can guarantee a lot of things.”

Vasquez, though, was in no position to make many promises Wednesday, especially with a vital closing stretch awaiting the Terps at Georgia Dome.

“As of right now, that’s in the back of my head,” Vasquez said. “That’s kind of like my plans, but I’m more into this game and winning tomorrow.”

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