After completing an accomplished four year career at the University of Maryland, Greivis Vasquez entered his name in the NBA Draft. He underwent a variety of pre-draft performance tests, many of which he ranked near the top of the point guard crop.
In addition, Vasquez had outstanding individual team workouts. Both his individual measurements/statistics and workouts helped increase his stock going into draft night. There was buzz that he’d be selected in the first round, but nothing was a sure thing.
On June 24, 2010 Vasquez’s years of hard work finally came into fruition. As NBA Commissioner David Stern walked onto the stage to announce the 28th pick in the draft and the words Greivis Vasquez came from his mouth, you immediately saw the ear to ear smile Vasquez had on his face.
Although not invited to the green room, Vasquez chose to attend the NBA Draft and was in the stands when his name was called. When he finally made his way to the stage, he looked like a kid in the candy shop. He was so excited that his dream had come true that when Commissioner Stern went to shake his hand, he instead went in for the hug.
However, his transition to the league hasn’t been as smooth as supporters would have hoped.
First, Vasquez had a rough showing in the Las Vegas Summer League (something he admits to), and then he had to have surgery on his right ankle. Couple that with the fact the Grizzlies and Vasquez have yet to reach an agreement regarding his contract, and its been a less than ideal start.
In the meantime, Vasquez is rehabbing his ankle and expects to be back on the court within a month. Until then he can only hope his contract situation is resolved and continue to work on getting himself healthy and ready to contribute when the Grizzlies call his number.
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