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Barry Jacobs On Tech's Lean Green Machine

We know it's early.

Still, it's worth bringing to your attention there's an ACC senior not named Mason Plumlee, Richard Howell, or Seth Curry who's compiling quite a resume for consideration as the league's 2013 player of the year.

Fellow by the name of Erick Green. That's Eric with a 'k', Green without the trailing 'e.' Holdover guard from the Seth Greenberg era at Virginia Tech. Leader on a team that got off to a 7-0 start, best at the school since 1982-83.

Under head coach James Johnson the Hokies have been a scoring machine, ranking behind only North Carolina among ACC squads in points per game (81.3) through 10 outings.

The 6-3 Green averaged 15.6 points per game in 2012 to pace his team, which he also led in steals and assists. Only Wake wings C.J. Harris and Travis McKie enjoyed higher scoring averages last year among ACC returnees.

So far this season Green led the ACC with a 24.8 average through games of Dec. 15. Only one Hokie previously paced the league in scoring - Malcolm Delaney in 2010.

Green is the only player in the conference among the top 10 in scoring average, field goal and free throw accuracy, assists, steals, and ratio of assists to turnovers. Next-closest is Miami sophomore Shane Larkin.

ACC Guards Appearing Among Top 10 In Key Categories
(Listed By Rank In Top 10, Games Through Dec. 16)
Player, School Scoring FG% FT% Asts Stls A:TO
M. Green, VT 1 9 2 5 5 5
S. Larkin, Mi 6 6 x 7 2 x
L. Brown, NCS x x x 1 1 10
D. Strickland, NC x x x 4 4 3
Q. Cook, D x x x 3 8 6
S. Curry, D 3 x 3 x x x
M. Snaer, FSU 10 x 5 x x x
S. Allen, M x x x 10 x 9