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Green Drafted 46th Overall by Utah, Traded to Denver


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.

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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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Senior Moments | Erick “The Winchester Rifle” Green and Joey Racer


On Saturday night Hokie fans will get their final glimpse of two seniors – Erick Green and Joey Racer.  Yep, IT’S SENIOR DAY!  One is a contender for ACC Player of the Year, the other a popular walk-on.  ALL FANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO WEAR GREEN to support The Winchester Rifle, and if you have a green ‘Speed Racer’ shirt to also honor Joey, all the better!

Let’s look back at their careers:

ERICK “THE WINCHESTER RIFLE” GREEN:

Erick will finish his career as one of the all time best Virginia Tech basketball players of all time, possibly even one of the 10 best.  And his senior season has been nothing short of magical.  No one could have expected this evolution of his game, but it shows that hard work can take you from a guy that scored just 88 total points his freshman year (2.6 ppg) to one of Tech’s top 10 all time scorers (he’s just 68 points from making the top 10).

Here’s where he ranks currently on the all time VT lists:

  • POINTS: 15th (1638)
  • ASSISTS: 9th (319)

Here’s a look back at the evolution of Mr. Green.

HIGH SCHOOL:

GreenCurlIt seems like Erick Green has been a Hokie for forever, and in fact, he committed to Virginia Tech almost exactly five years ago on January 25th, 2008.  At that point, Erick was a junior at Millbrook High School in his hometown of Winchester, VA.  I remember watching him lead the Pioneers in the Virginia AA State Championship Game, scoring 18 points in a 53-43 win over Bryant Stith’s (remember him from uva?) Brunswick County squad.  Erick was named Virginia AA Player of the Year after averaging 19 ppg.  You could tell he was a winner and I was giddy about getting him in burnt orange and Chicago maroon.

Erick’s senior year he switched to private Paul VI Catholic HS in my hometown of Fairfax, VA, and had no trouble adapting to the more competitive private school scene, averaging over 16 ppg.  Erick made theWashington Post All-Met team among other honors and led Paul VI to the Virginia Independent Schools Division I Championship.  After that senior season, Erick would play in the Capital Classic (and get arm curled), as well as the Reebok All-American Game, both in Washington, DC.

VIRGINIA TECH:

While Green adjusted to Paul VI very easily as a high school senior, his transition to college was not as smooth.  In fact, it was pretty brutal at times, on the court, that is.  Erick was not an instant star by any stretch.   Remember that awkward, lurching jumpshot he had?  Many of you have probably forgotten it, but the odd, falling away stroke did not produce much success early on.

Freshman Year:

Bank!

Bank!

2.6 ppg.  That’s it.  The NCAA’s current leading scorer averaged just 2.6 ppg in 13 minutes, playing in every game.  The shooting numbers are even tougher to believe given the diamond he is today.

  • 29% on FGs
  • 28% on 3s

And those stats are misleading.  Once ACC play got underway, Erick couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.  I’m talking a Doo-Doo (last year) like slump, or a Robert Brown-like (current) struggle.  Here were his ACC numbers.

  • FGs: 12% (5/41)
  • 3-Pointers: 16% (3/19)

In Tech’s final 12 ACC games, he was 2/30 on FGs (7%) and 1/12 on 3-pointers (8%), and he banked  in that 3-pointer against uva!  When Erick hit a jumper in the NIT Quarterfinal game against rhode island, a mock cheer went up from the crowd and one fan yelled, “Stop the game!  Give’em the ball!”

There was chatter that Green wasn’t an ACC-caliber player after the season.  Well, that would change…

Sophomore Year:

Green’s sophomore year started much like his freshman year, with that weird hitch in his shot and limited success.  After six games, he was averaging 5.0 ppg and was just 2/12 (17%) from 3-point range.

Then, the news came that Dorenzo Hudson was going to be shut down for the season and Erick was inserted into the starting lineup for Tech’s game with penn state on December 12th, 2010.  The results were instantaneous.  Green tied his career high with 15 points on 6/11 shooting, including 2/5 from behind the arc.

And a star was born.  Erick would go on to score in double figures in the next 10 games, and 22 of Tech’s final 26 contests.  That was highlighted by a new career high of 24 points at maryland on January 20th in a 74-57 win over the terps.  Green was 12/16 from the floor that night, along with 4 steals.  He followed that up with 14 points, 3 steals and 5 assists against longwood, leading to him being named ACC Player of the Week.

Erick wasn’t just scoring, he also became one of the best point guards in the ACC.  He had an incredible assist-to-turnover ratio after becoming a starter, with 84 assists to just 37 turnovers (2.3-to-1).  In one 6 game span he dished out 15 assists without a single turnover.

The only drawback his sophomore year was his 3-point percentage actually fell, from 28% as a freshman down to 25%.

Junior Year:

With Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen gone, and Dorenzo Hudson shaking off the rust from his injuries, Erick Green became Tech’s star.  And he answered the bell, going on to be named 2nd-Team All-ACC as a junior.

Erick scored in double figures in the first 27 games of the season (the streak was at 30 games overall) before clemson snapped that streak in the second-to-last game of the regular season.  Green was the model of consistency, scoring double digits in 29 of 30 games, but never eclipsing the 25-point mark.

In the ACC Tournament, Erick carried the Hokies to a first round win over clemson, avenging the tigers holding him to 8 points a week earlier. Erick had 24 points on 7/11 FGs, 2/4 3s, 8/8 FTs, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Green’s success came in large part to his fixed jumpshot.  He hit 38% of his 112 three-pointers, helping him go from 11.6 ppg as a sophomore to 15.6.

Senior Year:

Virginia Tech guard Erick Green

Erick Green is having a phenomenal senior season, but where does he rank all-time?

EG might as well be short for ‘Every Game’.  Erick comes to play every game.  Green reaches double figures in points almost every game.  Check out these stats since becoming a starter early in his sophomore year (in terms of scoring 10+ points):

  • 51 of 56 games
  • 30 of his last 33 ACC games (amazingly, clemson supplied two of the three he hasn’t reached double digits)
  • 30 games in a row (sophomore to junior year)
  • 22 games in a row (current streak)

This year, he’s even turned it up a notch:

  • 20+ points in 18 of 19 games
  • 22+ in all 6 ACC games, including a career high 35 against uva

But what has impressed me the most is his shooting numbers.  Remember that lurching jumpshot?  It’s gone.  Erick is now deadly from the baseline behind the arc (and inside).

  • FGs: 49.5%
  • 3-Pointers: 36%
  • FTs: 82%

Those numbers for a guard are incredible.  He also has that Jordan-like fadeaway jumper that is unstoppable, a nice pull-up jumper and runner in the paint, and gets to the line at almost Malcolm Delaney-like frequency.  He’s 139/170 from the line (7.3 makes on 8.9 attempts per game).  Green likely won’t catch Delaney’s records of 230 makes on 273 attempts from his junior year, but could reach his 181/213 from his senior season.

Green has been named ACC Player of the Week twice this year, giving him the honor three times for his career.  After winning it on November 26th for 53 combined points against unc-g-spot and appy state, Erick won the award for the second week in a row thanks to 52 combined points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals on 14/25 FGs, 4/11 3s, and 10/22 FTs against iowa and oklahoma state.  His performance against undefeated okie state was legendary – 28 points, 6/10 FGs, 4/7 3s, 12/13 FTs, 7 boards.

Plus, Erick is starting to enter hallowed ground in terms of Virginia Tech basketball players.  He’s currently 15th on the all time points list with 1638 (he just passed our good buddy, Chris Smith, who’s #5 on our top 10 list of all time greatest Hokies).  To make the top 10 on the scoring list (and knock VT legend Ace Custis out of the top 10), he needs just 68 more points in Tech’s final four-plus games (three regular season games and the ACC Tournament).  Green likely won’t be able to get higher than #10 unless Tech goes on a run in the ACC Tourney and the Rifle really starts lighting it up (Bob Ayersman is #9 with 1782 points).

Green will come up just short of the top 10 in terms of steals.  He’s at 152 and needs to get to 183 to tie Carlos Dixon for 10th.  But Erick has already cracked the top 10 in assists.  He’s at 319, 9th on the all time VT list, and will likely finish #8 on the assists list.

Erick’s 24.9 ppg would be the 5th highest season average for a Hokie, behind Bimbo Coles (twice — 26.6 and 25.3), Bob Ayersman (26.5), and Allan Bristow (25.0).

The accolades should also follow.  First Team All-ACC is a lock at this point, and Player of the Year (no Hokie has done that before) isn’t out of the question though Tech’s record may prevent that and allow Shane Larkin or Mason Plumlee to win it.  Could Erick be a First Team All-American?  It is certainly possible if he leads the nation in scoring.  And he has to be considered for the Wooden Award, though that almost always goes to a player on a winning team, so that isn’t likely.

IT’S BEEN EASY WATCHING GREEN:

Erick was blessed with good height for a guard at 6’3?, has a great vertical leap, and his instincts on defense off the ball to intercept passes seems ingrained in him.  But he had to work to be a great scorer, or as is the case right now, the best scorer in the NCAA.  What you see today is the by-product of lots of hard work and hours spent in the gym.  To think he could go from averaging 2.6 ppg as a freshman and shooting 12% in ACC play, to potentially one of the 10 greatest Hokies of all time, is nothing short of remarkable.  It has been a pleasure to watch him evolve, as a Virginian and as a Hokie, and here’s to one of the greatest success stories in Hokie basketball history!  And let’s hope he’s rewarded with the ACC Player of the Year honor and a NCAA scoring title.

Erick’s Accolades:

  • All-ACC Second Team (junior year)
  • ACC Player of the Week (3 times – once as a sophomore and twice this season)
  • Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 (senior year)

Erick’s Greatest Games:

  • The Coming Out Party – 12/12/10 – @VT 79, penn state 69 – 15 points on 6/11 shooting including 2/5 on 3s in his first start of the season (2nd of his career)
  • Homecoming – 1/20/11 – VT 74, @maryland 57 – 24 points on 12/16 shooting and 4 steals – went on to be named ACC POTW

  • The Warrior – 11/30/11 – @minnesota 58, VT 55 – 25 points (his career high entering this season) on 9/18 FGs and 4/8 3s — nearly injured badly falling down metal stairs (yes, they have an elevated court with metal stairs) but came back and almost hit a game-tying 3.

  • Sixth Man – 12/7/11 – VT 78, @rhode island 67 – 24 points on 10/14 FGs and 3 steals – had been benched for the start of the game.
  • Not Dead Yet – 3/8/12 – VT 68, clemson 63 – 24 points on 7/11 shooting and 4 assists as VT knocks off clemson in the ACC Tourney first round.

  • OK Shootout – 12/1/12 – @VT 81, #15 oklahoma state 71 – A then career high 28 points on 6/10 FGs, 4/7 3s, and 12/13 FTs, and 7 rebounds.

  • Mountain Man – 12/8/12 – @wvu 68, VT 67 – 23 points and a career high 10 assists.
  • Be Brave – 12/22/12 – VT 66, bradley 65 (OT) – 31 points (11/20 FGs) and 8 rebounds in 41 minutes of play.
  • hoo’s Your Daddy – 1/24/13 – uva 74, @VT 58 – A career high 35 points on 11/18 FGs, 3/6 3s, 10/13 FTs, and a career high 9 rebounds.

  • u the Man – 1/30/13 – #5 miami 73, @VT 64 – 30 points on 11/20 FGs and 5/8 3s against one of the top 10 defenses in the nation.

JOEY “SPEED” RACER:

  • Joey has been a two-year player, appearing in 6 games last year and 9 this year.
  • Majors in civil engineering.
  • Has scored 8 career points, including his only 3-pointer this season against east tennessee state.
  • Went to Clarke County HS in Berryville, VA.
  • Leads the team with a 67% shooting percentage this season (2/3).
  • Saturday will be his 2nd career start after starting in the home finale last year against nc state (his first ‘senior day’).

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The year of Erick Green: Where does he rank?


Virginia Tech guard Erick Green

Erick Green is having a phenomenal senior season, but where does he rank all-time?

The 2012-13 college basketball season hasn’t been kind to Virginia Tech fans. It began last winter when Jim Weaver, the Hokies’ athletics director, gave then-coach Seth Greenberg a vote of confidence and then pulled the rug out from under him a few weeks later.

One player transferred (Dorian Finney-Smith), and Montrezl Harrell, a highly-touted incoming freshman, asked to be released. That left Tech with just eight scholarship players coming into this season.

Most fans, however, believed that the Hokies could have a respectable season so long as they stayed healthy. And with the exception of freshman Marshall Wood missing seven games, Tech has, for the most part, avoided the injury bug that had plagued them over the last few seasons. Unfortunately, staying healthy hasn’t been enough. This team just can’t seem to get it together.

After starting the season a surprising 7-0, the team is just 4-13 since, including a current seven-game losing streak. One player was benched for an entire game for lack of effort during practice; another missed almost an entire half after an on-court temper tantrum that nearly injured his teammate; and that same player, who has been playing poorly, was replaced in the starting lineup by a walk-on. Yeah, it’s been that bad.

Enter the Winchester Rifleman, Erick Green

The only bright spot for Hokie hoops fans this season is senior guard Erick Green, who is still the nation’s leading scorer. With hopes of a winning season and post-season appearance all but gone, Virginia Tech fans have thrown their support behind the senior guard from Winchester, who is having one of the best seasons by a Hokie in recent memory.

Of VT’s 24 games this season, Green has led the team in scoring 23 times. He averages 25.2 points per game, tops in the country and seven points better than the ACC’s second-leading scorer, Mason Plumlee of duke, who averages 18.2 ppg.

If Green continues on his current scoring pace, he will become the first Hokie to average more than 25 ppg since Bimbo Coles did so during the 1989-90 season. Coles averaged 25.3 ppg that year, a tenth of a point ahead of where Green stands now.

And unless Green just completely falls off the map (he could go scoreless for the rest of the season and still be above 18 ppg), he’ll end the season as just the third tech player to average better than 20 ppg in the last 23 years. Bryant Matthews averaged 22.1 ppg during the 2003-04 season and Malcolm Delaney averaged 20.2 ppg during the 2009-10 season.

What’s even more incredible is the percentage of points Green scores for his team. Take a look below and you’ll see the leading scorer for each ACC team, their total points (through Feb. 12), and their team’s total points, followed by the percentage. The teams appear in order of the current ACC standings:

Team Player Player Points/Team Total % of Points
miami Kenny Kadji 298/1549 19%
duke Mason Plumlee 419/1799 23%
uva Joe Harris 391/1543 25%
unc James Michael McAdoo 342/1801 19%
ncst C.J. Leslie 374/1871 20%
fsu Michael Snaer 305/1546 19%
md Alex Len 299/1714 17%
clemson Devin Booker 283/1450 19%
wake Travis McKie 335/1557 21%
gt Marcus Georges-Hunt 228/1429 16%
bc Ryan Anderson 354/1545 23%
VT Erick Green 604/1700 35%

Green is the ACC’s leading scorer by nearly 200 points. He scores more than 35 percent (35.5 to be precise) of his team’s points; 10 percent more than the next highest percentage in the league – uva’s Joe Harris, who contributes 25 percent. That stat speaks volumes about the lack of support from Green’s teammates.

Now, one could argue that Green scores more points because he shoots the ball more. That’s a valid argument, on the surface. Take a look at the shooting percentages for each team’s leader in attempted shots.

Team Player FGA/Team Total % of FGA
miami Kenny Kadji 223/1215 18%
duke *Seth Curry 265/1335 20%
uva Joe Harris 267/1223 20%
unc James Michael McAdoo 295/1532 19%
ncst C.J. Leslie 248/1374 18%
fsu Michael Snaer 230/1202 19%
maryland Alex Len 213/1344 16%
clemson Devin Booker 208/1220 17%
wake Travis McKie 238/1242 19%
gt Marcus Georges-Hunt 197/1196 15%
bc Ryan Anderson 273/1196 23%
VT Erick Green 414/1407 30%

*Seth Curry is the only player in the league to lead his team in shot attempts, but not in points.

But if you dig a little deeper than just the season stats, you’ll find that Green attempts, and scores on, a higher percentage of shots only when the rest of the team is struggling, which has been for a couple of months now.

In the Hokies’ first seven games, all wins, the team shot 48 percent from the field. In the last seven losses, that number is down to just 37 percent.

During the seven-game winning streak to start the season, Green attempted just 23 percent of the team’s field goals (95/404):

FGA in first seven wins
VT – EG
58 – 11 (19%)
57 – 15 (26%)
68 – 13 (19%)
53 – 15 (28%)
52 – 16 (30%)
61 – 15 (24%)
55 – 10 (18%)

During the team’s current seven-game losing streak, the percentage of shots by Green has increased to 34 percent (136/397):

FGA in last seven losses
VT – EG
43 – 18 (42%)
60 – 17 (28%)
53 – 20 (38%)
62 – 21 (34%)
65 – 23 (35%)
62 – 20 (32%)
52 – 17 (32%)

What about made field goals? Well, we’re glad you asked. During the first seven wins, Green made 25 percent of tech’s field goals (49/195). During the last seven consecutive losses, Green has made more than 40 percent of the team’s field goals.

Green’s not a ball hog by any stretch of the imagination. This kid WANTS to get his teammates involved, but they’re just not hitting shots. The team attempted 404 shots in their first seven wins and 397 in their last seven losses, so they’re still not afraid to shoot, but Green’s the only one hitting anything on a consistent basis. And he’s doing it while being double-teamed.

Say what you want about opposing teams giving Green space and letting him have his points, but from what I’ve been seeing, they’re not doing that at all. They’re guarding him using every combination they can think of and he’s still getting his shots off and keeping his team in the games.

What does it all mean, Basil?

If you are on Twitter and follow tech hoops, you’ve probably seen the comments arguing that Green deserves to have his jersey retired and his banner hung from the rafters of the Cassell.

Look, Green is having a heck of a senior season, especially under the circumstances, but before we start making room next to Ace Custis in the rafters, let’s take a step back and see where Green ranks among some of the greatest of all time at VT.

Green’s career isn’t done yet, so we have to do some predicting (not Niemo, he sucks at making predictions). The Hokies have seven regular season games left and at least one (and probably only one) ACC tournament game. So let’s assume Green has eight games left in his career. If he continues on his current statistical pace, here’s where he’ll likely finish in the record books:

Points Scored in a Season:
1. Erick Green (2012-13) – 810
2. Bimbo Coles (1989-90) – 785
3. Dell Curry (1985-86) – 722
4. Bimbo Coles (1988-89) – 717
5. Bimbo Coles (1987-88) – 702

Points Scored in a Career:
1. Bimbo Coles, 2,484
2. Dell Curry, 2,389
3. Malcolm Delaney, 2,255
4. Dale Solomon, 2,136
5. Perry Young, 1,899
6. A.D. Vassallo, 1,822
7. Allan Bristow, 1,804
8. Zabian Dowdell, 1,785
9. Bob Ayersman, 1,782
10. Erick Green, 1,750

Scoring Average in a Season:
1. Bimbo Coles (1988-89) – 26.6
2. Boby Ayersman (1958-58) – 26.5
3. Bimbo Coles (1989-90) – 25.3
4. Erick Green (2012-13) – 25.2

Free Throws Made in a Season:
1. Malcolm Delaney (2009-10) – 230
2. Malcolm Delaney (2008-09) – 225
3. Erick Green (2012-13) – 218

Free Throws Made in a Career:
8. Erick Green (2009-13) – 418

Free Throw Percentage in a Career:
T8. Erick Green (2009-13) .800

Assists in a Career:
8. Erick Green (2009-13) – 333

As great a season as Green is having, I’m not sure anyone can make a compelling case that he should have his jersey retired and a banner with his likeness hanging from the rafters with Ace Custis, Bimbo Coles, Dell Curry and Allan Bristow.

While Niemo is under a gag order not to make any predictions, naturally I wanted his thoughts on Green’s legacy at Tech.

As of today, I wouldn’t have Erick in my VT Top 10 and therefore wouldn’t retire his jersey. While he is having one of the five greatest seasons in Tech history, I don’t think his body of work is top 10-esque just yet. He may reach the top 10 in scoring and definitely will reach it in assists, but there are a lot of guys ahead of him that were very productive for four years, not just two and a half.

While I’m with Niemo on this, I played devil’s advocate and suggested that Green’s extraordinary senior season is made even more impressive given the fact that he’s doing more with less. Niemo countered:

Also, I don’t like the argument of “he’s doing more with less.” I actually think that lessens his scoring in my eyes. The numbers guys like Zabian [Dowdell], Malcolm [Delaney], and Dell [Curry] put up with a better supporting cast impress me more. If Erick could score 25 per game on a team that won and had other guys that could score consistently, I’d be more impressed. Still, his 50 percent shooting percentage this year is remarkable for a guard, and by the end of the season my opinion may very well change, but I would not have him in my top 10 and would not retire his jersey at this point.

The TechHoops staff have spoken. We love Erick Green and have enjoyed watching him play the last four years. He has done everything he’s been asked to do and has represented the team and the university with honor.

We’re not taking anything away from Green, but when you think about some of the great players that have come before him that have had more productive careers and DON’T have their jerseys retired, I think even the Winchester Rifleman would agree that while he’s had a fabulous career, he’s not in same category as those four legends.

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The Winchester Rifle | The Evolution of the Nation’s Leading Scorer


HIGH SCHOOL:

It seems like Erick Green has been a Hokie for forever, and in fact, he committed to Virginia Tech almost exactly five years ago on January 25th, 2008.  At that point, Erick was a junior at Millbrook High School in his hometown of Winchester, VA.  I remember watching him lead the Pioneers in the Virginia AA State Championship Game, scoring 18 points in a 53-43 win over Bryant Stith’s (remember him from uva?) Brunswick County squad.  Erick was named Virginia AA Player of the Year after averaging 19 ppg.  You could tell he was a winner and I was giddy about getting him in burnt orange and Chicago maroon.

GreenCurlErick’s senior year he switched to private Paul VI Catholic HS in my hometown of Fairfax, VA, and had no trouble adapting to the more competitive private school scene, averaging over 16 ppg.  Erick made the Washington Post All-Met team among other honors and led Paul VI to the Virginia Independent Schools Division I Championship.  After that senior season, Erick would play in the Capital Classic (and get arm curled), as well as the Reebok All-American Game, both in Washington, DC.

VIRGINIA TECH:

While Green adjusted to Paul VI very easily as a high school senior, his transition to college was not as smooth.  In fact, it was pretty brutal at times, on the court, that is.  Erick was not an instant star by any stretch.   Remember that awkward, lurching jumpshot he had?  Many of you have probably forgotten it, but the odd, falling away stroke did not produce much success early on.

Freshman Year:

2.6 ppg.  That’s it.  The NCAA’s current leading scorer averaged just 2.6 ppg in 13 minutes, playing in every game.  The shooting numbers are even tougher to believe given the diamond he is today.

  • 29% on FGs
  • 28% on 3s

And those stats are misleading.  Once ACC play got underway, Erick couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat.  I’m talking a Doo-Doo (last year) like slump, or a Robert Brown-like (current) struggle.  Here were his ACC numbers.

  • FGs: 12% (5/41)
  • 3-Pointers: 16% (3/19)
Bank!

Bank!

In Tech’s final 12 ACC games, he was 2/30 on FGs (7%) and 1/12 on 3-pointers (8%), and he banked  in that 3-pointer against uva!  When Erick hit a jumper in the NIT Quarterfinal game against rhode island, a mock cheer went up from the crowd and one fan yelled, “Stop the game!  Give’em the ball!”

There was chatter that Green wasn’t an ACC-caliber player after the season.  Well, that would change…

Sophomore Year:

Green’s sophomore year started much like his freshman year, with that weird hitch in his shot and limited success.  After six games, he was averaging 5.0 ppg and was just 2/12 (17%) from 3-point range.

Then, the news came that Dorenzo Hudson was going to be shut down for the season and Erick was inserted into the starting lineup for Tech’s game with penn state on December 12th, 2010.  The results were instantaneous.  Green tied his career high with 15 points on 6/11 shooting, including 2/5 from behind the arc.

And a star was born.  Erick would go on to score in double figures in the next 10 games, and 22 of Tech’s final 26 contests.  That was highlighted by a new career high of 24 points at maryland on January 20th in a 74-57 win over the terps.  Green was 12/16 from the floor that night, along with 4 steals.  He followed that up with 14 points, 3 steals and 5 assists against longwood, leading to him being named ACC Player of the Week.

Erick wasn’t just scoring, he also became one of the best point guards in the ACC.  He had an incredible assist-to-turnover ratio after becoming a starter, with 84 assists to just 37 turnovers (2.3-to-1).  In one 6 game span he dished out 15 assists without a single turnover.

The only drawback his sophomore year was his 3-point percentage actually fell, from 28% as a freshman down to 25%.

Junior Year:

With Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen gone, and Dorenzo Hudson shaking off the rust from his injuries, Erick Green became Tech’s star.  And he answered the bell, going on to be named 2nd-Team All-ACC as a junior.

Erick scored in double figures in the first 27 games of the season (the streak was at 30 games overall) before clemson snapped that streak in the second-to-last game of the regular season.  Green was the model of consistency, scoring double digits in 29 of 30 games, but never eclipsing the 25-point mark.

In the ACC Tournament, Erick carried the Hokies to a first round win over clemson, avenging the tigers holding him to 8 points a week earlier. Erick had 24 points on 7/11 FGs, 2/4 3s, 8/8 FTs, 4 rebounds and 4 assists…

Green’s success came in large part to his fixed jumpshot.  He hit 38% of his 112 three-pointers, helping him go from 11.6 ppg as a sophomore to 15.6.

Senior Year:

EG might as well be short for ‘Every Game’.  Erick comes to play every game.  Green reaches double figures in points almost every game.  Check out these stats since becoming a starter early in his sophomore year (in terms of scoring 10+ points):

  • 51 of 56 games
  • 30 of his last 33 ACC games (amazingly, clemson supplied two of the three he hasn’t reached double digits)
  • 30 games in a row (sophomore to junior year)
  • 22 games in a row (current streak)

This year, he’s even turned it up a notch:

  • 20+ points in 18 of 19 games
  • 22+ in all 6 ACC games, including a career high 35 against uva

But what has impressed me the most is his shooting numbers.  Remember that lurching jumpshot?  It’s gone.  Erick is now deadly from the baseline behind the arc (and inside).

  • FGs: 49.5%
  • 3-Pointers: 36%
  • FTs: 82%

Those numbers for a guard are incredible.  He also has that Jordan-like fadeaway jumper that is unstoppable, a nice pull-up jumper and runner in the paint, and gets to the line at almost Malcolm Delaney-like frequency.  He’s 139/170 from the line (7.3 makes on 8.9 attempts per game).  Green likely won’t catch Delaney’s records of 230 makes on 273 attempts from his junior year, but could reach his 181/213 from his senior season.

Green has been named ACC Player of the Week twice this year, giving him the honor three times for his career.  After winning it on November 26th for 53 combined points against unc-g-spot and appy state, Erick won the award for the second week in a row thanks to 52 combined points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals on 14/25 FGs, 4/11 3s, and 10/22 FTs against iowa and oklahoma state.  His performance against undefeated okie state was legendary – 28 points, 6/10 FGs, 4/7 3s, 12/13 FTs, 7 boards…

Plus, Erick is starting to enter hallowed ground in terms of Virginia Tech basketball players.  He’s currently 19th on the all time points list with 1420.  Tech will play at least 13 more games.  To make the top 10 on the scoring list, he needs to average 22 points per game.  Certainly reasonable considering he’s averaging 25 ppg and has scored 20+ in all but one game.

Green will come up just short of the top 10 in terms of steals.  He’s at 140 and needs to get to 183 to tie Carlos Dixon for 10th.  But Erick should easily crack the top 10 in assists.  He’s at 286 and needs just 25 more to reach Perry Young.  Given his 4.3 assist per game average (up from 2.8 last year), Erick should make it to 8th place on the all time list.  His 25.2 ppg would be the 4th highest season average for a Hokie, behind Bimbo Coles (twice — 26.6 and 25.3) and Bob Ayersman (26.5).

The accolades should also follow.  First Team All-ACC seems a lock at this point, and Player of the Year (no Hokie has done that before) isn’t out of the question though Tech may need to win a few more games for that to happen.  Could Erick be a First Team All-American?  It is certainly possible if he leads the nation in scoring.  And he has to be considering for the Wooden Award, though that almost always goes to a player on a winning team, so Tech will need to turn things around.

IT’S BEEN EASY WATCHING GREEN:

Erick was blessed with good height for a guard at 6’3″, and he has a great vertical leap, and his instincts on defense off the ball to intercept passes seems ingrained in him.  But he had to work to be a great scorer, or as is the case right now, the best scorer in the NCAA.  What you see today is the by-product of lots of hard work and hours spent in the gym.  To think he could go from averaging 2.6 ppg as a freshman and shooting 12% in ACC play, to potentially one of the 10 greatest Hokies of all time, is nothing short of remarkable.  It has been a pleasure to watch him evolve, as a Virginian and as a Hokie, and here’s to a great final seven to eight weeks of his career!

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Erick Green Named a Wooden Award Midseason Top 25


The Wooden Award, named for the legendary ucla coach, goes to the NCAA’s most outstanding player each year, and is generally regarded as college basketball’s most prestigious individual award.

Our own Erick Green was named a ‘finalist’ on Thursday, part of the 25 players on the list.  He’s the first player since Malcolm Delaney from VT to be on the list.

LINK TO ARTICLE

Just two other players from the ACC, both from duke (Curry and Plumlee), were on the list.

The award will be given at the end of the season.

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ACC Honors for VT | Green 2nd Team; Doe Doe All-Freshman Team


The Hokies picked up a pair of honors on Monday, with junior Erick Green names 2nd Team All-ACC and Dorian Finney-Smith selected to the All Freshman Team.  Here are the teams:

First Team:

  • Tyler Zeller – unc (SR)
  • Mike Scott – uva (SR)
  • John Henson – unc (JR)
  • Austin Rivers – duke (FR)
  • Harrison Barnes – unc (SO)

Second Team:

  • Kendall Marshall – unc (SO)
  • Terrell Stoglin – maryland (SO)
  • Michael Snaer – florida state (JR)
  • C.J. Leslie – nc state (SO)
  • Erick Green – VIRGINIA TECH (JR)

Third Team:

  • Seth Curry – duke (JR)
  • C.J. Harris – wake forest (JR)
  • Lorenzo Brown – nc state (SO)
  • Kenny Kadji – miami (JR)
  • Mason Plumlee – duke (JR)

All Freshman Team:

  • Austin Rivers – duke
  • Ryan Anderson – boston college
  • Dorian Finney-Smith – VIRGINIA TECH
  • Shane Larkin – miami
  • Nick Faust – maryland

All Defensive Team:

  • John Henson – unc
  • Bernard James – fsu (SR)
  • Jontel Evans – uva (JR)
  • Michael Snaer – fsu
  • Andre Young – clemson (SR)

Here’s a look at all the Hokies that have garnered All ACC honors:

HONORS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS PAGE LINK

All-Conference Team:

  • 2005 – Deron Washington – All-Freshman
  • 2006 – Coleman Collins – Honorable Mention
  • 2006 – Zabian Dowdell – Honorable Mention
  • 2006 – A.D. Vassallo – Honorable Mention All-Freshman
  • 2007 - Zabian Dowdell – FIRST TEAM
  • 2007 – Jamon Gordon – Third Team
  • 2008 – A.D. Vassallo – Second Team
  • 2008 – Deron Washington – Honorable Mention
  • 2008 – Jeff Allen – All-Freshman
  • 2009 – A.D. Vassallo – Third Team
  • 2009 – Malcolm Delaney – Third Team
  • 2010 – Malcolm Delaney – FIRST TEAM
  • 2010 – Dorenzo Hudson – Third Team
  • 2011 – Malcolm Delaney – FIRST TEAM
  • 2011 – Jeff Allen – Second Team
  • 2012 – Erick Green – Second Team
  • 2012 – Dorian Finney-Smith – All-Freshman

ACC Defensive Player of the Year -

  • 2007 – Jamon Gordon

ACC All-Defensive Team:

  • 2005 – Jamon Gordon
  • 2006 – Jamon Gordon
  • 2006 – Zabian Dowdell
  • 2007 – Jamon Gordon
  • 2007 – Zabian Dowdell
  • 2008 – Deron Washington
  • 2008 – Jeff Allen (Honorable Mention)

ACC Coach of the Year:

  • 2005 – Seth Greenberg
  • 2008 – Seth Greenberg

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Report: Erick Green May Miss Opener With Achilles Injury


Erick Green recently suffered an Achilles injury and may miss the opening game of the 2011-12 season against east tennessee state this Saturday (2 PM at the Cassell) according to this report:  Richmond Times Dispatch Article

The injury occurred during a shooting drill on Friday in practice and has been spotted in a walking boot on campus (thanks Rick).

Both Erick and Head Coach Seth Greenberg are optimistic he’ll be back, but the original prognosis was he’d miss this game.  And considering the Hokies play just two days later, and the day after that, in the NIT Preseason Tournament, there’s a strong chance he could miss the first three games.  That would be devastating to a young Hokie team that is learning to play together, and Erick has shown to me that he is the team’s best player right now.  east tennessee state will present challenges with their press and had a solid team last year, though they lost their top three scorers.  monmouth will present no problem on Monday in the NIT opener, with or without Green.  Assuming VT and george mason win on Monday, the two teams would play Tuesday for a berth in the semifinals in NYC/MSG and the Hokies would certainly want Green back for the patriots, a NCAA Tournament team a year ago that advanced to the Second Round.

Tech is already without freshman point guard Marquis Rankin, who had knee surgery a month ago and could be back in a couple of weeks.  Sophomore Tyrone Garland and senior Dorenzo Hudson would likely swap duties at the point.  Garland is a point guard, but did not display the ballhandling skills last year to run the point effectively.  He picks up his dribble too far from the basket, not advancing VT into their offense (read: first pass is a waste).  Zo played point two years ago against seton hall and scored 41 points in relief of Delaney, but he is a shooting guard and also could struggle against the intense press etsu is expected to display.  Freshman Robert Brown, who looked great in the scrimmage, could fill in for Hudson at SG if Zo moves to the point.  Brown was expected to play anyway.

JT Thompson, a redshirt senior forward, is also out for the second straight year with an ACL injury.

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Erick Green Named ACC Player of the Week


Erick Green vs. Longwood 2011 Apparently the Atlantic Coast Conference has taken notice of the “Winchester Rifle” and the work he’s done since entering the starting lineup 10 games ago. Today, the ACC named Erick Green its Player of the Week for games played Jan. 17-23. 

Green helped lead the Hokies to two wins last week.  He scored a career-high 24 points on 12/16 shooting in Tech’s win at maryland. The sophomore also snagged four steals in the win.  Against longwood Green had 14 points, five assists, and two more steals. For the week he was 17/27 (63 percent) from the field with seven assists, six steals, and only two turnovers. 

This is Erick’s first time winning the award. He is the third Hokie to do it this season, joining Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen.

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Erick Green proving he belongs on the ACC stage


Erick Green vs. Wake Forest Through 17 games on Virginia Tech’s 2010-2011 schedule, the Hokies’ season can be summed up in fairly simple terms: before Erick Green and after Erick Green.

The sophomore point guard from Winchester, Va., began the season on the bench behind senior starter Dorenzo Hudson. Through the first eight games of the season the Hokies were a disappointing 4-4 and Green averaged a paltry 11 minutes per game. He didn’t play at all against oklahoma state and unlv. Then it was announced that Hudson, who had been struggling, would miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Before becoming a starter, Green averaged 3.75 points, .6 assists and 1.1 steals per game, so it was understandable why some Tech fans might have been less than optimistic about Green replacing Hudson. Nonetheless, there was no choice, especially since Ben Boggs would eventually end up transferring to valparaiso.

And so began the “After Erick Green” chapter of the season.

Since Green took over as a starter, his confidence, stats and contribution to the team have been nothing less than astounding. The 6-4 sophomore started his first game of the season on Dec. 12, against penn state. Since that game, Green has started nine straight and has yet to score less than 10 points in a game. The Hokies are 8-1 with Green in the starting five, with the lone defeat coming on the road against unc, a game in which the Hokies led by 16 points.

Take a look at Green’s before and after stats:

  Before After
Minutes Per Game 15 31
Point Per Game 3.7 14
Assists Per Game .6 3.2
Steals Per Game 1.1 2.7

You think those numbers are impressive? Let’s take a look at how Green’s role as a starter has affected first-team All-ACC guard Malcolm Delaney.

  Before After
Minutes Per Game 39.2 36.6
Point Per Game 20.3 17.1
Assists Per Game 3.2 5.4
Steals Per Game 1.3 1.7
Turnovers Per Game 5.2 2.1

The two big stats here are the minutes per game played and the turnovers per game. Three minutes a game may not seem like much, but it is huge. Getting Delaney off the floor and getting him rest, even if for a minute, can affect the outcome of the game.

And then there’s the turnovers for Delaney. In the first eight games, he had 42 turnovers. Forty-two. 4-2. In the nine games since Green took over as a starter, Delaney has committed only 19. That’s a tremendous stat and much of that has to do with Green running point and Malcolm not having to feel like he has do everything.

Sure, Malcolm’s points per game average is down, but would you rather be a .500 team with Delaney averaging 20 ppg, or win eight of nine games with him averaging 17.1 a game? Yeah, we figured as much.

The big question is, what is different about Green as a starter? Why wasn’t he putting up these kind of numbers earlier in the season? No one really knows, but it’s clear the kid is playing with a great deal of confidence and that stat is immeasurable.

Some guys just need the pieces to fall into place to make it click. For Green, it was unfortunately Hudson’s injury that forced the sophomore into a starting roll. He had two choices, fold under the pressure, or step up and be a leader. It’s clear after nine games that Green has the potential to be a great point guard for the Hokies.

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Easy Being Green | Recap | VT (3-2, 12-5) 74, maryland (1-3, 11-7) 57


Tip-off from College Park, Maryland for the Hokies vs. terpsVirginia Tech blitzed the maryland terrapins in the opening minutes of Thursday night’s game in College Park to the tune of a 12-0 lead and never looked back, en route to a 74-57 win. It is the worst loss by maryland since they opened play in the Comcast Center in 2002.

The Hokies seemed as though they were trying to give it away in the second half, shades of the unc game in which Tech blew a 16-point lead. The terps cut the lead to single digits, but the Hokies were not to be denied this time.

With the win over the terrapins, the Hokies improved to 3-2 in ACC play and 12-5 overall, while maryland fell to a disappointing 1-3 in conference play and 11-7 overall.

Starting point guard Erick Green led the Hokies with a career-high 24 points on 12/16 shooting. The sophomore had an electrifying first half with 14 points on 7/10 shooting, powering the Hokies to a 40-29 halftime lead. Green also had four, count ‘em, FOUR steals and two assists, all in the first half.

Senior Malcolm Delaney played a whale of a game, too, with 19 points and seven assists. He was only 5/11 from the field, but hit 7/8 at the free throw line. Most impressive were his incredible passes to Victor Davila and Green down the stretch to put maryland away.

Tech’s man-to-man defense stymied maryland’s leading scorer, Jordan Williams, the entire game, holding him to just 11 points, well below his season average of 18.1.

With the terps keying on Delaney, Green made the most of his opportunities as it was clear the terps didn’t consider him a legit scoring threat. And the Hokies needed a big game from someone because Jeff Allen struggled with foul trouble the entire game.

The senior forward sat much of the first half with two fouls and needed only a couple of minutes to pick up his third in the second half. Allen finished with only seven points and committed four turnovers, but still managed 11 rebounds.

Davila scored 13 points, Manny Atkins had six off the bench and Terrell Bell had two points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. His defense contribution doesn’t show up in the box score.

The terps’ cliff tucker single-handedly kept maryland in the game in the second half, scoring 11 straight maryland points, including a trio of three-pointers and a two-pointer to cut Tech’s lead to eight, but his team-high 13 points weren’t enough as Delaney and his laser-guided passes helped slam the door shut on the home team.

Tech returns to the Cassell Coliseum Saturday night for a home game against the Longwood Lancers. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Niemo’s Notes:

  • Delaney clearly reads TechHoops.com.  If he didn’t, he’d have made one more basket.   [sarcasm]  VT is now 11-1 when he scores 20 or less, and 1-4 when he scores 21+ (he had 19 tonight).
  • Cousy Winner: Through the first 8 games (VT 4-4), Delaney had 26 assists and 42 turnovers.   In the 8 since, he’s totaled 51 assists and 19 turnovers.
  • THE WINCHESTER RIFLE: Erick Green is averaging 14 ppg, 3 asp, and 3 steals per game since entering the starting lineup 9 games ago.  BTW: he has 9 total turnovers in those 9 games.
  • Delaney finished 2-1 at the communist center (not bad – they talked a lot of smack – even down 17 – trust me)
  • I would rather be VT than md (take that any way you want)
  • Jordan Williams extended his double-double streak to 12 straight games with 11 points and 11 rebounds, though he was a non-factor. Kinda like how Kevin Love extended his double-double streak against Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Wednesday night despite the fact the T’wolves lost by double digits to the Clippers.
  • How smart am I?  I said VT had to win the 3-point battle… they didn’t – maryland made 6 to VT’s 5 (though VT shot a slightly better percentage).  I said the Hokies had to win from the FT line… they didn’t – maryland made 2 more and shot a better percentage.  I said VT had to shut down maryland’s supporting cast because Jordan Williams was gonna get his… nope, Tech completely took Williams out of the game.  Both teams were just about even in turnovers as expected (VT 15, md 16).   VT did a good job on the boards (VT – 8 offensive rebounds to 9 for md though VT had many fewer opportunities).  This game simply came down to Tech made more shots than maryland (30/56 to 20/56).  maryland couldn’t exploit the man defense Tech opened the game with, and isn’t a good enough shooting team to beat the 2-3 zone the rest of the game, while Tech hit their jumpers and got easy layups.  Also, maryland’s press only caused 1 or 2 turnovers by my count.
  • VT is the 2nd best team in the ACC (more to come on that once I can type – darn you 4 Lokos!)

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Erick Green Gets Gunned




Green Gets Gunned, originally uploaded by techsports.

At the 2009 Capital Classic

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