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Erick Green

  • Full Name: Erick Green
  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • Height/Weight: 6-3 / 178
  • Birthdate: May 9, 1991
  • College: Virginia Tech
Utah Jazz (Traded to Denver Nuggets on draft night) Round 2: Pick 46
 

Green Looks To Expand Offensive Game 

Strengths
- Big-time scorer
- Tough to stop in transition
- Good 3-point shooter
- Quickness/penetrating ability
- 6-7 wingspan
- Good ball handler
- High, quick release on his jumper
-Improved passer/facilitator

Weaknesses
- Has to get bigger and stronger
- Needs to be a better finisher at the rim

NBA projection
Several analysts have projected Green as a first-round pick. There’s no question he can score, but in the NBA, he’ll have to become more of a facilitator, and he’ll have to be able to defend at a high level. He proved this season he could become a better passer, despite the fact he led the nation in scoring. Defensively, he’s solid on the ball but has to become better off it. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be able to muscle with some of the more physical guards in the league.

2012-13 Season
Green led the nation in scoring and racked up a fireplace mantle full of awards: third-team All-America (Associated Press), ACC Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC, Virginia Player of the year.

Key statistics
25.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.1 tpg, 1.3 spg, 36.4 mpg, .475 FG, .389 3PT, .816FT

Cool statistic
Green set a school record with 801 points, breaking the old mark of 785 by Bimbo Coles (1989-90).

Reminds me of...
Devin Harris

What Insiders Say
Virginia Tech coach James Johnson
“He’s playing his game, he’s not forcing anything, trying to get the scoring title. In fact, sometimes I’d like for him to be more aggressive.”

What Outsiders Say
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
“He’s a great player and a terrific kid. He’s led that team and he hasn’t had all the resources around him, and he still puts up those numbers. Just a terrific performance all year by Erick.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch