Erick Green, Virginia Tech’s senior standout point guard, was named the ACC’s Player of the Year on Tuesday after receiving 50 percent of the available votes.
Green — who has been one of the only bright points during what has been an unsuccessful season for Tech basketball — led the nation in scoring with 25.4 points per game. He is the first member of the ACC to lead the nation in scoring since South Carolina’s Grady Wallace did so in 1956-57.
This announcement, coming one day after Green was named first-team All-ACC, marks the first time a Hokie has been named the conference's top-player.
Green’s name had been in the conversation for POY for months, however it was unknown how heavily the voters would take into consideration the Hokies losing record. With a final regular season record of 13-18, Green becomes just the second POY in ACC history to play for a team with a losing in-conference record. It was the first time a player with an overall losing record won the award.
Also receiving votes were Miami’s Shane Larkin (23), Duke’s Mason Plumlee (12), Virginia’s Joe Harris (2) and Florida State’s Michael Snaer (1).