Erick Green, Saturday Night Games, and a Short Q&A

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Green’s Final Game

Barring some sort of a catastrophe, Erick Green will lead the nation in scoring this season.  He’ll be the first player from a power conference to lead the nation in scoring in 19 years.  He is three points shy of becoming the first Hokie to score 700 points in a season since Bimbo Coles.

As a freshman during the 2009-10 season, Green couldn’t shoot a lick.  He shot just 29.3% from the field that year and averaged only 2.6 points per game.  He’s probably going to score over 1,700 points for his career, but only 88 of them came his freshman season.  Take a look at this streak from February 16 through March 22 of his freshman season:

vs. Wake: 0-of-1 from the field, 1 points
at  Duke: 0-of-3 from the field, 0 points
at BC: 0-of-1 from the field, 1 point
vs. Maryland: 0-of-3 from the field, 0 points
vs. NC State: 0-of-2 from the field, 0 points
at GT: 0-of-1 from the field, 0 points
vs. Miami: 0-of-1 from the field, 0 points
vs. Qunniciac: 0-of-3 from the field, 0 points
vs. UConn: 0-of-0 from the field, 0 points

Erick Green drives against Wake.

That’s exactly two points on 0-of-15 shooting in over a month.  One of the most-used phrases on our message boards amongst some fans is to say that whatever player happens to be struggling “isn’t an ACC caliber player”.  For those who like to use that phrase, let me ask you this: did you think Erick Green was an ACC caliber player when he was a freshman?

It’s a crying shame that Green isn’t one of the 30 finalists for the Naismith Award for National Player of the Year.  That’s because he

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