Inside the Numbers: Erick Green’s Season

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Erick Green hopes to sign on the dotted line of an NBA contract after this year’s draft.

Barring a 75-plus point explosion from the likes of Creighton’s Doug McDermott or Iona’s Momo Jones, Erick Green will finish the season as the nation’s leading scorer. But where does EG rank among former NCAA scoring leaders?

It’s been a great season for Erick Green , the ACC Player of the Year, and leading the country in scoring is an impressive feat. Green’s average will go down in the record books as 25.0 ppg, and the numbers are nice and round: 801 points in 32 games, which is actually 25.03 ppg.

Earlier this year, in the Hokies’ last regular season game against Wake Forest, Green dropped 35 points on the Demon Deacons, and in so doing set a Virginia Tech record for points in a season. That game gave Green 786 points, one point ahead of Bimbo Coles’ 785 points in 1989-90. I tweeted at the time that it was in the same number of games (31), so it was a “legit record.”

In Green’s last game, the ACC Tournament loss to NC State, he only scored 15 points, and that dropped his season scoring average from 25.3 to 25.0.

But that’s not even the scoring average record at Virginia Tech. In Bimbo’s unforgettable sophomore season of 1988-89, he “only” scored 717 points, but that was in 27 games, good for a 26.6 ppg scoring average. That edges out Bob Ayersman’s 1958-59 season (26.5 ppg) for top honors in Hokie history.

Digging a little deeper, Green’s 25.03 ppg scoring average is fourth all-time in Hokie history.

  1. Bimbo Coles (1988-89), 26.6 ppg
  2. Bob Ayersman (1958-59), 26.5 ppg
  3. Bimbo Coles (1989-90), 25.3 ppg
  4. Erick Green (2012-13),
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