Despite the Hokies finishing the season at 13-18 overall and wrapping up ACC play in last place, star guard Erick Green was named the ACC Player of the Year on Tuesday morning.
Now before you rush to conclusions on how a player off the league’s worst team won the POY award, let’s dive into Green’s numbers. Well first off, Green was not only the leading scorer on his team and in the conference, he was actually the leading scorer in the nation. Green finished the regular season by averaging 25.4 point per game. The most impressive part of Green’s average is that he only eclipsed the 30-point plateau four times. What that means is that there were not a lot of high scoring games that simply raised his point per game total. Green consistently scored around 25 points per game and that’s incredible considering his level to play within the ACC.
Back during the 2009-10 season, Green, who was just a freshman, averaged 2.6 points in 12.6 minutes per game. Now compare that season to this past year. Green averaged 25.4 points in 36.4 minutes per game. Now that’s a four year turnaround that is certainly not common in college basketball.
In addition, Green’s scoring numbers weren’t just the only facet of his game that he brought to the forefront this year. Green also lead the team in assists (3.9 apg) and grabbed 4.1 rebounds per contest, an all around machine that virtually carried the Hokies this season.
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