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NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Virginia Tech PG Erick Green

Posted By Tim Healey On June 27, 2013 @ 8:18 am In General | No Comments

As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2013 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their lone selection at No. 16.

Erick Green led the nation in scoring last season, but his defense has been questioned. (AP) [3]

Erick Green led the nation in scoring last season, although his defense has been questioned. (AP)

ERICK GREEN

Position: Point guard

School: Virginia Tech

Age: 22

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 185 pounds

Achievements: AP All-America third team (2013), ACC Player of the Year (2013), All-ACC second team (2012)

Key 2012-13 stats: 25.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.3 steals

What he brings: Despite the fact that Green was a point guard through his senior year with the Hokies, one NBA executive questions [4] whether Green can or will play the point exclusively at the next level. Still, his offensive production is undeniable, and he was the focus of every opposing defense playing against a bad Hokies team (13-19) in 2012-13. The nation’s leading scorer shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 38.9 percent from beyond on the arc and 81.6 percent on free throws.

Draftexpress.com describes Green [5] as “capable” on defense, with his fundamentals making up in part for his lack of size. He isn’t a liability on defense, but he won’t be stealing the show, either. His keen shooting is what teams will pay him for.

Notes: Green worked out for 15 teams in the weeks leading up to the draft. … Although he’s leaving Virginia Tech with a business degree, he missed his own graduation to attend the NBA combine last month. … His profile on hokiesports.com [6] calls him a “terrific defender” who showed all-around tremendous improvement since his one-start freshman year. … Green has four younger siblings.

Recent articles:

Daily Press: Virginia Tech’s Erick Green getting a taste of NBA life in workouts [7]

NBC Sports: Virginia Tech’s reliance on Erick Green didn’t hurt his chances at an NBA career [8]

Roanoke Times: NBA teams get a look at Virginia Tech star Erick Green [4]

Video: The ACC posted an Erick Green highlight video [9] in advance of the draft.


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[4] one NBA executive questions: http://www.roanoke.com/sports/virginiatech/2025216-12/nba-teams-get-a-look-at-virginia-tech.html

[5] Draftexpress.com describes Green: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Erick-Green-16580/

[6] His profile on hokiesports.com: http://www.hokiesports.com/mbasketball/players/green_erick.html

[7] Daily Press: Virginia Tech’s Erick Green getting a taste of NBA life in workouts: http://articles.dailypress.com/2013-06-18/sports/dp-spt-erick-green-virginia-tech-nba-draft-0619-20130618_1_nba-chad-ford-minnesota-timberwolves

[8] NBC Sports: Virginia Tech’s reliance on Erick Green didn’t hurt his chances at an NBA career: http://collegebasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/06/14/virginia-techs-reliance-on-erick-green-didnt-hurt-his-chances-at-an-nba-career/

[9] an Erick Green highlight video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwZJCZqNhIg

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