Erick Green’s first and only season with Paul VI (Fairfax, VA) has turned out to be a big success on many levels, both individually and team-wise. With the 6-2, 190-pound Green running the point, head coach Glenn Farello’s squad (19-15 overall) captured its first ever VIS state championship. Green, who spent the first three years of his high school career at Millbrook High School, earned state tournament MVP honors.
“When we bring in a senior transfer, it has to work. When he considered making the move, we knew we would be a good fit for him and he would be a good fit for us,” Farello said of Green, who earned first-team all-league honors in the highly competitive WCAC. “The way he stepped in and became part of the school was great. The student body embraced him and he embraced them. As far as his teammates are concerned, with the way he plays they couldn’t help but love playing with him. He is the consummate teammate. If anything, they wanted him to be more selfish.”
Coach Farello was impressed with Green’s game prior to the 2008/2009 season, feeling as though the Virginia Tech recruit was solid in all areas. A season at Paul VI provided the state of Virginia standout a greater challenge in terms of competition and he responded well to the increased competition, averaging 17 points and six assists per game.
A performance early on in the season served notice that he was ready for the higher level of basketball.
“In December, we played Roman Catholic (Philadelphia, PA), which has one of the top guards in the country in [Villanova recruit] Malik Wayans. Erick performed very well against one of the best guards in the country and against one of the best teams in the country. I thought it was great for his confidence. I thought that was the moment when we knew Erick was ready. He still had his ups and downs throughout the season, but going through that is always a good experience for a kid,” said Farello, who was particularly pleased by Green’s 5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season.
“Erick possesses, and this is easy to see, the ability to handle the ball, pass the ball and shoot the ball. It sounds elementary, but his skill level is high with each one. He doesn’t really have any holes. I think what the year provided him, which was an opportunity to push himself on a daily basis and get used to the grind of going against top athletes every night, has been great for Erick. I think it’ll...
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