Hokie Hoops: Young, but Talented

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Wednesday night’s loss to Minnesota was disappointing. The Hokies had a great
chance to steal a road win against a one-loss team, but they faltered in the
final minute. Nevertheless, seven games into the season there are plenty of
positives, as well as some negatives. Erick Green looks like one of the best
players in the league, and the freshman class is very impressive. On the other
hand, Tech needs to get a lot better in several areas before they can think
about where they stack up in terms of the postseason.

Erick Green

In the preseason, Seth Greenberg made a lot of comments about Erick Green
shooting lights out in practice. I didn’t really pay much attention to it,
because Seth is prone to hyperbole about things like that. In this case, he
turned out to be right on the mark. Green is having a great season, and he’s
catching the net on fire.

Green scored a career high 25 points in the loss at Minnesota, and most of
them came off jump shots. For the season, Green is 15-of-26 (57.7%) from
three-point range, and 51.6 overall from the field. Compare that to last season,
when he was 41.4% overall and 24.8% from the outside. He only made 26
three-pointers in 32 games a season ago. In just six games this year, he’s
already made 15.

Green is just an impressive player all the way around, and he’s not quite
100% yet because of that preseason Achilles injury. He’s a good defender, a good
leader, a good shooter, a good scorer, a good point guard … he’s just good all
the way around.

How many point guards in the ACC would you take over Green right now? Kendall
Marshall at UNC? I really don’t think you can make an argument for anyone else.
And remember, he chose Virginia Tech over George Mason and James Madison. What a
steal that guy was. I’m glad his shoulder is okay.

‘Zo is MIA

As awesome as Green’s effort was last night (and it was really, really
awesome), the same can’t be said for r-senior wing Dorenzo Hudson. Hudson went
scoreless, capping an