Green for Player of the Year?
With his impressive early season play, Virginia Tech guard Erick Green has put himself into serious contention for ACC Player of the Year. He’s also drawing comparisons to other recent outstanding guards at Virginia Tech, namely Malcolm Delaney and Zabian Dowdell.
Statistically, Green is the better player as a senior (so far).
Green: 24.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 50% FG, 37.8% 3-pt FG, 88.5% FT
Dowdell: 17.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 46.2% FG, 38.6% 3-pt FG, 80.6% FT
Delaney: 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 42% FG, 40.8% 3-pt FG, 85% FT
You can’t really compare those three players from a points per game standpoint, because Virginia Tech is going to score more points as a team under James Johnson than they did under Seth Greenberg. I consider Zabian Dowdell to be the best defender of that group, though I thought Delaney was a good defender as well, as is Green.
As a senior, Dowdell was the most physical of these three players. He had the upper body strength to attack the basket and finish despite a lot of contact. Malcolm Delaney was probably the most finesse of the three, and definitely the most pure shooter.
Erick Green represents a combination of Dowdell and Delaney. He’s more physical than Delaney, but not as physical as Dowdell. He’s a better shooter than Dowdell, but he can’t knock them down like Delaney.
In the end, it’s pointless to compare the three, but it’s clear that Green ranks right up there with them. His line in a losing effort at West Virginia was off the charts: 23 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, zero turnovers in 37 minutes. It doesn’t get a lot better than that. And that isn’t a one-time thing for Green. He’s been playing at that level, or close to it, all season.
Perhaps I’m biased. Well, I am definitely biased. But right now, Erick Green would have my vote for ACC Player of the Year, with Mason Plumlee a close second.
I know some have asked whether Green will get drafted or not, so I checked out a few recently updated Mock Drafts....
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