Erick Green, the reigning ACC Player of the Year and nation’s leading scorer, was selected by the Utah Jazz smack-dab in the middle of the 2nd Round of the 2013 NBA Draft with the 46th overall pick. But his ‘stay’ in Utah would be a short one. Green’s rights were then traded to the Denver Nuggets for the rights to 27th pick Rudy Gobert (French dude).
There were rumors Erick might go late in the 1st Round to a team like San Antonio, but that didn’t happen. He had been projected as an early 2nd Rounder but slipped to the middle of the 2nd and final round.
Green will have the chance to play with another former ACC POTY in Denver, PG Ty Lawson, the 2009 ACC POTY.
Erick is the first Hokie to be selected in the draft since Deron Washington went to Detroit in 2008 with the 59th pick. Erick is the 2nd Hokie drafted by Utah, with the Jazz taking Eddie Lucas back in 1999 with the 59th pick (neither ended up playing for Utah). Erick is the 26th Hokie ever taken in the NBA Draft but just the 3rd since 1990 (they used to have more rounds). No Hokies are currently on an active NBA roster though Zabian Dowdell played for Phoenix two years ago.