Look What they have done: Maryland Basketball Seniors

By Ben Linton

Tomorrow night in College Park will be special for many reasons. First and foremost, the #23 Maryland Terrapins (21-7, 11-3 ACC) will be taking on rival Duke (25-4, 12-2 ACC) for first place in the ACC, the first time the Terps have done so since 2002. Not only is this an important game for standings and rankings, it will also be the last home game for three Maryland seniors: Landon Milbourne, Eric Hayes, and Greivis Vasquez. This post is dedicated in tribute to these remarkable athletes and all they have accomplished and given us to cheer for these past four years.

The 2010 Maryland Senior class has been to two NCAA Tournaments, registered 86 total wins (39 in the ACC), and totaled nine wins over Top 25 ranked teams, including one against the number one team in the nation.

Landon Milbourne

Milbourne has been the unsung hero of this Maryland team for the past two seasons. Last year, Milbourne made a huge sacrifice by playing out of his comfort zone by playing the power forward position, where he was less taller and outweighed by whomever he guarded almost every single night. This sacrifice paid huge dividends for the Terps on their way to an NCAA tournament berth last year. This season, Milbourne is Maryland’s second leading scorer with 13 points per game, and is the third leading rebounder with five boards per contest. Milbourne is a freakish athlete known for his thunderous dunks and has an excellent mid range shot. His career high is 24 points against New Hampshire. He will be missed.

Eric Hayes

Hayes has been one of Maryland’s most consistent players these past years, and the best three point shooter on the team. Hayes is the perfect compliment to Greivis Vasquez, due to his calm and poised nature. He averages 10.9 PPG this season, and is an excellent free throw shooter (85.7%) and three-point shooter (45%). Hayes’ ability the drive to the basket has always been underrated, he can penetrate into the lane and create shots. He is also an excellent passer that sees the floor very well. His best game as a Terp came last season against NC State, where he scored a career high 21 points. Best of luck to Eric tomorrow as he plays his last game at home.

Greivis Vasquez

Hate him or love him, Greivis Vasquez has carried Maryland Basketball on his shoulders these past two seasons. As an energetic freshman to an erratic sophomore to a poised and confident senior, Vasquez has certainly had his ups and downs in College Park. This season has been one to remember for Vasquez, as he is in the running for ACC MVP with a 19.5 point, 4.8 rebound, and 6.4 assist average. His assist to turnover ratio is 2 to 1, the perfect stat for a point guard. What stands out most about this guy is his emotional presence. Maryland goes as Greivis goes, and it almost seems that he can pump his team up with one play, one shot, or one pass to change everything around. Vasquez is coming off of a career high game of 41 points last Saturday in a win at Virginia Tech, but hands down his best game as a Terp was last year against North Carolina. Vasquez put the Terps on his shoulders, and single-handedly beat the number three team in the nation, scoring 35 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, and dishing out 10 assists. To put it in perspective, Vasquez is the best player to put on a Maryland uniform since Juan Dixon. Best of luck to him as he finishes his Maryland career and progresses through the NBA.

1 Response to “Look What they have done: Maryland Basketball Seniors”

  1. March 19, 2010 at 20:07

    Thanks for this post. Maryland is often overlooked and its players typically do not get their due. Chief amoung these is Eric Hayes. Hayes is one of the most effiecent players in college basketball. Not many people are in the 45-50-85 club. That is 45% or better from 3, 50% or better from the field, and 85% or better from the line. But Hayes is. He is also on pace to finish as Maryland’s all time leader in ft%. Thanks to all three seniors for 4 great years.

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