Categorized | 2012-13 Season

Erick Green Named ACC Player of the Year!!!!!!!!!!!

Virginia Tech guard Erick Green

Congratulations to Virginia Tech senior guard Erick “The Winchester Rifle” Green for being named the ACC Player of the Year!  And he not only won it, he dominated it, getting half of all the votes:
ACC POTY Votes (76 total)

  • Erick Green – 38
  • Shane Larkin (miami) – 23
  • Mason Plumlee (duke) – 12
I've arm curled an ACC POTY!

I’ve arm curled an ACC POTY!

Erick becomes the first ever Hokie basketball player to win the ACC Player of the Year.  He’s also the third Hokie to win a conference player of the year honor ever:

  • Erick Green – ACC – 2012-13
  • Bimbo Coles – Metro – 1987-88 (co-POTY)
  • Dell Curry – Metro – 1985-86

Erick is also just the second ACC player ever to win this award while playing for a team in the lower half of the standings, joining the late Len Bias of maryland back in 1986 (there’s a great ESPN 30-for-30 moving about Len).  I’m assuming Green is the first player to win POTY on a team that finished dead last in the ACC, which speaks to how great of a season he had.

Here are a few links/articles of note:

Some other accomplishments by Green this season:

  • Averaged 25.4 ppg, more than 8 ppg better than the ACC’s second leading scorer
  • Set the school’s single-season scoring record with 786 points, breaking Coles’ record of 785 by scoring 35 points in his final regular season game, a road loss to wake forest.
  • Passed Ace Custis for 10th on the career scoring list
  • First ACC player to lead the nation in scoring since 1957 (South Carolina’s Grady Wallace)
  • Scored at least 20 points in 28 of 31 games during his season season
  • Scored in double figures in 34 straight games and 64 of last 65 games

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  • DuffHokie

    Congrats to Erick… he made the season worth watching. You will be missed.

  • Chris

    Erick couldn’t be more deserving of this award. Seeing him get it today literally made my day. It’s sad that he’s not even going to get to play in the NIT with the season he’s having. Thankfully he’ll always have this award to remember how his hard work paid off. Couldn’t be more happy for him.

  • Ed Kelley

    To be the best player by far on a bad team, having to play against defenses designed to stop him and to still lead the conference and nation in scoring is an incredible achievement! He also was a great team player, not just a black hole who never passed to teammates. Kudos to Erick Green!

  • Blue Collar Hokie

    congrats eg! let the blue devil tears fall like rain!

  • VTTX

    Congrats to Erick, that kid was grinding all year…good for him.

  • Blue Collar Hokie

    hey niemo and or cope,

    why cant we talk about notre dame?

    • Niemo

      Huh? I don’t know of any reason why you can’t. Did you get a post deleted? I’ll check with Cope — I didn’t see it if you did or maybe it just didn’t post.

    • http://www.thegarycope.com/ Cope

      What are you talking about?

      • Blue Collar Hokie

        the notre dame story has comments turned off. i was just curious

        • http://www.thegarycope.com/ Cope

          Strange. Not sure what happened there, but they’ve been turned on. Feel free to rip on the irish.

    • samlottsforprez

      Heard they’re having a pope pickin’ in the vatican. That something like a pig pickin’?

  • samlottsforprez

    Really proud of eg. He’s a joy to watch. Hope he gets a huge nba contract. We will miss him.

    As to poy, rest assured ol’ roy didn’t vote for him. Heard him on the radio the other night saying although he liked eg and recognized his talent, the accpoy should come from a winning team.

    Couple other thoughts about some defensive players this year smothering our guys. There should be two more legal offensive moves: stiff arm to the face and kick to the nads.

  • hooleyhoopty

    I was very excited to see Erick win this award. It’s well deserved. I’m glad the voters saw around the team’s record to award the most deserving player. Erick, it’s been a joy to watch you. As a Hokie and fellow Virginian I’m proud of ya!

  • King

    JJ and Erick’s teammates should be embarrassed, quite frankly, that they couldn’t do more to help their team win while playing alongside one the best players in the country. We might not have another opportunity like that in my lifetime.

  • HipHop_Hokie

    While I don’t know that I necessarily agree with this based on the fact that we finished last place in the league, as a Hokie and huge fan of Erick I’ll certainly take it! So wild that he manned up and led the NATION in scoring, the first time that the ACC has had since like the 50s… just too bad that it wasn’t in a more successful season. It’s been a real pleasure watching him work so hard and develop over the years, and I am beyond excited to see him go rep VT in the league and get PAAAAIIIIDDDD!!!

    Go Erick! Go Hokies!! Beat the Pack and then dominate the Cavs!!

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