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Prospect Profile: Greivis Vasquez

In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, NYKnicks.com will look at the players brought in by the Knicks for Predraft Workouts. A player's inclusion in this series of articles does not necessarily reflect the Knicks organization's preferences for the June 24 Draft at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

We continue our series with a profile of Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez.
One of the grittiest and most determined players in college basketball, Grevis Vasquez is looking to convince scouts that his game translates to the NBA.

So called experts who rely strictly on measurables and have never seen him play canít understand the buzz that surrounds the Venezuelan sensation. But those who watched him in action while at Maryland understand the true impact he had on his teamís success. Simply put, he was invaluable.

The crafty guard averaged 19.6 points, 6.3 assists and 4.6 boards as a senior on his way to winning the Bob Cousy Award as the top point guard in the nation. He was also named the ACC Player of the Year and an AP Second Team All-American. Vasquez also finished his career as Marylandís second highest scorer in school history.

A fiery competitor, Vasquez demands the ball in pressure situations and more often than not delivers. At 6-foot-6, 211-pounds, he possesses outstanding size for a guard, and he uses it to his advantage. With the ball in his hands, Vasquez is an excellent passer with great vision who knows how to make his teammates better.

The biggest knock on Vasquez is that despite his all out hustle, he lacks athleticism, which in turn leads him to struggle on the defensive end. While naysayers may point out his shortcomings and question how productive he can be at the proís, all you have to do is look at what Vasquez accomplished in college and ask how he is not worth giving a legit shot.

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