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March 9, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez, whose all-around game has lifted Maryland into the national rankings and a share of the ACC's regular-season title in 2010, has been named the league's Player of the Year in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Vasquez, a senior from Caracas, Venezuela, is the only player in ACC history with 2,000 or more points, 750 or more assists and 600 or more rebounds in a career. This season, he's the only Division I player averaging at least 19 points and six assists a game.
The 6-foot-5 guard was named on 39 of 53 ballots cast. Duke guard Jon Scheyer was second with 12 votes and Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney received the other two.
"This means so much to me," Vasquez said. "After four years of working so hard, to be the ACC Player of the Year is unbelievable. I don't have enough words to express how happy I am for my teammates, my coaches and my whole country. People in Venezuela have been so supportive and making me a better player and a better person."
Vasquez entered his name into the NBA Draft in 2009 but rescinded his declaration and de-cided to return for his senior season. His efforts this season have included two games with 13 as-sists and a 41-point outburst in the Terrapins' critical double-overtime win at Virginia Tech on Feb. 27.
Vasquez becomes the first foreign-born player to win the ACC's top individual honor. (Wake Forest's Tim Duncan, who won the award in 1996 and '97, was born in Christiansted in the U.S. Virgin Islands and was therefore an American citizen at birth according to Title 8 of the U.S. Code.)
Vasquez is the sixth ACC Player of the Year in Terrapin history and the first since Juan Dixon in 2002.
The Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association is an organization of journalists dedicated to fostering a mutually beneficial relationship between the news media and the institutions and admini-stration of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The group casts officially recognized votes for All-ACC teams in football and men's basketball and serves as a liaison to decision-makers.
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Greivis Vasquez, Md 39
Jon Scheyer, Duke 12
Malcolm Delaney, VT 2