Virginia Tech Star Erick Green Should Be the 2013 ACC Player of the Year

By Horran Cameron
Josh D. Weiss USA TODAY Sports

Erick Green is sick! In other words, this kid can flat out play, but he is not getting any love on the national level. The star player for Virginia Tech averages 25.5 points per game. Green is the leading scorer in the ACC, and the entire NCAA Division I Basketball. It’s a shame that Green gets no love or his name mentioned when individuals discuss Wooden Award finalists.

The No. 2 scorer in the NCAA gets a lot of love, though; and rightfully so. His name is Doug McDermott (Creighton). McDermott is in the same position as Green, though. Let’s be honest. Green plays in one of the toughest conferences for a mediocre team at best, yet he leads the nation in scoring. When coaches scout Virginia Tech, they are developing a scheme or strategy to shut Green down.

Green also shoots 48.9% from the field (eighth in the ACC), averages 4.2 assists a game (fifth in the ACC), 81.6% free throw percentage (fourth in the ACC), maintains a 2.0 assist-to-turnover ratio (eighth in the ACC), and averages 1.3 steals a game (tied for seventh in the ACC). Green averages the most minutes played per game in the ACC (36.4). Green is located in the top ten in several categories for the ACC statistical leaders.

Although there are other players who are important to their respective teams, Green is the most important player when it comes to Virginia Tech.

If Green does not win the 2013 ACC Player of the Year Award, then this will be a travesty, a sham, and a mockery; a traveshamockery, to be exact. Sure, the Duke Blue Devils have the No. 2 and No. 3 leading scorers in the ACC (Mason Plumlee and Seth Curry), and they are ranked in the top five nationally. However, they do not have Erick Green; the best player in the ACC this season.

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