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March 11, 2013
Green Named ACC First-Team
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The ACC today released its all-conference first, second and third teams. The teams were selected by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Green today was also named a finalist for the John Wooden award, given to the nation's top player.
Virginia Tech senior guard Erick Green was a first-team selection, along with Duke forward Mason Plumlee, Miami guard Shane Larkin, NC State forward Richard Howell and Virginia guard Joe Harris. He picked up first-team votes on 72 of the 73 ballots received.
"I look at it like, wow, I shoot the ball, average 17 shots a game and I'm shooting almost 50 percent from the field," Green said. "I think that's pretty impressive. It shows I'm not just throwing up any shots. Also, I really take pride in my assist to turnover ratio. I know my assist numbers aren't really high this year, but I still feel like I made some right plays and I really feel like I handled the ball and made some good decisions."
Green still leads the ACC and the country in scoring, with 25.4 points per game. He also leads the conference in minutes played per game, with 36.4.
For coach James Johnson, Green's season has been a big positive, as Johnson recruited Green in high school and was the only ACC coach to offer him. But a disappointing season for the Hokies doesn't take away what Green has accomplished.
"He's certainly deserving of that and for the young man, I'm happy for him," Johnson said. "I think if he had to, if he could give all that up to have a winning season and a chance to win the tournament and play in the NCAA Tournament, he would do it all. The young man is a winner."
As Virginia Tech struggled after a 7-0 start, Green never wavered. He's scored less than 20 points in only three games this season and poured in 35 points in a 90-79 loss at Wake Forest Sunday, scoring the most points in a season in the process.
"Honestly, people were always in my ear saying do this and do that," Green said. "My parents just always said, 'Play your game.' The type of player I am, I'm not selfish. I like to get my teammates involved, even if they're not hitting. I still wanna give them confidence, still wanna give them the ball and when it's time for me to go, I can go and make things happen. It's just trying to stay positive with everything and just try to be a leader out there."
Mason Plumlee, Duke
Erick Green, Virginia Tech
Shane Larkin, Miami
Joe Harris, Virginia
Richard Howell, NC State
Seth Curry, Duke
Kenny Kadji, Miami
Lorenzo Brown, NC State
Reggie Bullock, North Carolina
James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
Michael Snaer, Florida State
C.J. Leslie, NC State
Ryan Anderson, Boston College
Quinn Cook, Duke
Devin Booker, Clemson