Mar 5, 2013; Durham, NC, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies guard Erick Green (11) drives against Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee (5) during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports
The Virginia Tech Hokies have had a few great basketball players including Dell Curry, Bimbo Coles, Ace Custis, and Allen Bristow. Those four players have all had their numbers retired but there might be another player who could join those four in the future.
Erick Green had a standout career at Virginia Tech but was his career good enough to join Curry, Coles, Custis, and Bristow as a former Hokie basketball player with his number retired.
There are some obvious claims that support Green including the fact that he became the first Hokie to ever lead all of college basketball in scoring in the 2012-2013 season. What also helps Green is the fact that he averaged over 11 points in the 2010-2011 season and over 15 points in the 2011-2012 season which makes the 2012-2013 season not look like as much of a fluke.
Green also was Second Team All-ACC after the 2011-2012 season before being Co-ACC Player of the Year and on the First Team All-ACC for the 2012-2013 season. On top of that, Green was an AP Third Team All-American which made him Virginia Tech basketball’s second ever AP All-American, joining Dell Curry who was an AP Second Team All-American in 1986.
Green put up some incredible numbers during his collegiate career but there are definitely some factors that could effect whether he actually makes it.
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During the 2012-2013 season, the Hokies finished last in the ACC but Green’s numbers were impressive enough to not effect that part of Virginia Tech legacy. However, Green never did make it to the NCAA Tournament which doesn’t help but Green lacked much of a team around him as shown by how the Hokies won 9 games in the year after Green graduated.
There is no doubt that Dell Curry and Bimbo Coles are probably the top two players ever for Virginia Tech but Green is definietly one of the best basketball players ever in Blacksburg. It is time for the Hokies to honor Green and retire his number.