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Virginia Tech point guard was named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press on Monday. VMI's Stan Okoye was an honorable mention.
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Former Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green plans to play the upcoming season in Italy.
Monday, April 1, 2013
Add another honor to Erick Green's resume.
The Virginia Tech point guard was named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press on Monday.
It was only the second time that a Tech men's basketball player has made an AP All-America first, second or third team. Dell Curry was an AP second-team All-American in 1986, the same year he made The Basketball News' first team.
"That's crazy," Green said. "That's a great honor. I'm just blessed. Wow."
Last month, Green was named the ACC player of the year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
The Associated Press voting was done by the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25 poll. Voting was completed before the NCAA tournament began.
The first team includes Creighton's Doug McDermott, Michigan's Trey Burke, Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr., Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk.
Green was the only member of the first, second or third team who did not play in the NCAA tournament this year.
"I know our team didn't really win a lot, but [voters] paid attention to me," Green said.
Green averaged 25 points as a senior and is assured of ending the season as the nation's scoring leader.
"Being home for this past week, I spent some time with the family, ... thinking about the season I had, how far I progressed ... [from] my freshman year to my sophomore year to how I can really score," Green said. "All the work I didn't want to do at 6 a.m., 7 a.m., it really paid off."
Green, who plans to graduate in May, has signed with an agent. Next week, he intends to leave campus and finish his remaining classwork online so he can begin training for the NBA draft in June. He has not yet picked a training site.
VMI's Stan Okoye, who ranks 10th nationally with an average of 21.5 points, earned All-America honorable mention Monday. The senior was the Big South player of the year.
McDermott was a repeat selection to the All-America first team Monday, becoming the 51st player to earn the honor in back-to-back seasons. He ranks second nationally in scoring at 23.2 points. Last year, he became the first All-American in Creighton history.
Burke, who has led Michigan to the Final Four, and Porter tied as the leading vote-getters for the first team. Burke and Porter both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points. Voting was on a 5-3-1 basis.
Burke is Michigan's fifth All-American and first since Chris Webber in 1993. Porter is Georgetown's sixth All-American and first since Allen Iverson in 1996.
Oladipo got 58 first-team votes and 306 points. McDermott had 44 first-team votes and 279 points, one more than Olynyk's point total. Olynyk got 47 first-team votes.
Oladipo is Indiana's first All-American since A.J. Guyton in 2000 and the eighth overall. Olynyk is Gonzaga's third All-American.
Freshman guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State got 11 first-team votes and 190 points and was joined on the second team by senior Mason Plumlee of Duke, sophomores Cody Zeller of Indiana and Shane Larkin of Miami and freshman Ben McLemore of Kansas.
Green was the fourth-leading vote getter on the third team with 46 points. He had one first-team vote.
Green was joined on the third team by seniors Jeff Withey of Kansas and Nate Wolters of South Dakota State and juniors DeShaun Thomas of Ohio State and Russ Smith of Louisville.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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