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June 21, 2012

Men's Basketball Athlete of the Year

By: Jimmy Robertson

Erick Green | Junior | Winchester, Va.

After enjoying a breakthrough campaign as a sophomore, Erick Green continued his steady improvement and enjoyed a fine junior season despite the team’s struggles in close games.

Green earned second-team All-ACC honors after a season in which he scored in double figures in 30 of the 31 games he played. He averaged a team-leading 15.7 points per game, and he also led the Hokies in steals (41) and assists (88). He shot 43.8 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc. He was the only ACC player to rank in the top 10 in ACC stats in scoring, assists, steals and field-goal percentage.

Green led or tied for the team lead in scoring 18 times this past season. His best game came against Minnesota in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge when he scored 25 points. He finished with 24 points in the Hokies’ win over Clemson in the ACC Tournament. He scored 20 points or more in four games this season.