Reigning ACC Player of the Year Erick Green has agreed to a one-year deal with Siena of the Euroleague. Green, a senior at Virginia Tech last season, was the nation’s leading scorer, averaging 25 points per game.
Green has the scoring ability and the talent to play in the NBA, but has decided to play for in Italy for a powerhouse Euroleague team for a year. Green was drafted 46th overall in this year’s NBA draft by the Utah Jazz and then traded to the Denver Nuggets, who he even participated with in the Las Vegas Summer League before he decided he wanted to play in another country.
For Green, it will be a great opportunity to get a lot of action where in the NBA, he probably would have seen very limited playing time, if any. He will be one of the stars in the Euroleague and it will allow him to get better as a basketball player overall.
In six Summer League games, Green averaged 9.3 points per game for the Nuggets. Denver remains interested in him even though he has decided to play overseas for a year, as they have said that they will stay in contact with the Siena coach to check up on Green’s progress in Europe.
It is another step that Green feels is necessary to take in order to be the best basketball player he can possibly, and the Nuggets hope he is taking the right route for himself and the team.