Green a Savvy, Determined Point Guard

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Millbrook (Winchester, VA) junior Erick Green ended his recruitment last Friday, announcing his commitment to Virginia Tech. The 6-2, 170-pound standout, who also had been offered by George Mason, James Madison and St. Joseph’s, felt he found the right fit in Blacksburg. And Hokies head coach Seth Greenberg may have found his future point guard.

Committing midway through his junior season wasn’t the original plan, but Virginia Tech turned out to be too good of an opportunity to turn down.

“Before the season started, he was talking about waiting until sometime next summer to make a decision. He wanted to see what was out there,” Millbrook head coach Scott Mankins said. “Virginia Tech was a school that he liked that had offered already. A lot of people told him that if it feels right there is no point in waiting any longer. He had been there once for an Elite Invite camp last summer. He went to games in December and January. He always had a dream of playing in the ACC and he really liked the fit.”

Virginia Tech now has two backcourt commits for the 2009 class, as Green joins Hidden Valley (Roanoke, VA) star Ben Boggs. The two guards are familiar with each other.

“He and Boggs are pretty good friends,” Mankins said. “Before Ben had even committed to Virginia Tech, they had talked about trying to go somewhere together.”

Green gained valuable experience in his freshman year, serving as backup to former Northwestern district Player of the Year Mike Groce. He entered the starting lineup last season as a sophomore and averaged 14.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game. That season, the first-team all-Northwestern district selection led Millbrook to a 26-4 record and a regular season district title.

The talented 16-year old has turned in an even better junior season, averaging 19.1 points, 5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in leading the Pioneers to a 16-1 record (9-0 in the Northwestern district).

“He has a very high basketball IQ,” Mankins said of Green. “He understands what everybody else is supposed to do. He understands that he doesn’t have to score to impact the game. He can distribute the ball. He rebounds pretty well for a guard.