Erick Green nation’s top scorer but would prefer more Hokies wins

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Three times this season, Green has scored more than half the Hokies points. Several other times he came close, including when Miami and coach Jim Larranaga — who Johnson was with at George Mason — came to Cassell Coliseum on Jan. 30.

“I thought going to Virginia Tech, he would have a very nice career,” Larranaga said after Green scored 30 in a 73-64 Hurricanes victory.

A nice career, but no one expected Greeen to be leading the nation scoring.

“That’s a whole ‘nother level.” Larranaga said. “When everybody’s attention is on you, you’re going to get every defender’s best effort. You’re getting every team’s best defender on the perimeter. It is very, very hard to continue to produce the way he has. It’s a remarkable accomplishment.”

Because of the Hokies’ record, Green’s name rarely seems to come up in discussions about the ACC’s player of the year award, where Miami’s Shane Larkin and Duke’s Mason Plumlee seem the front-runners.

The game against the Blue Devils, though, is a chance to force his way into the chatter.

Or, the way Green sees it, a chance to get a big win that could make the finishing stretch a whole lot more interesting.

“This is every kid’s dream — to play against Duke, national TV, prime time and in front of the whole world,” Green said Wednesday. “This is a big moment, not just for myself but for the whole team.”

 

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