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March 12, 2013
LEWISVILLE, NC (ACSMA) - Virginia Tech's Erick Green (25.4 ppg), who led the ACC in scoring by a wide margin, has been named the ACC's Player of the Year, in voting by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
Green received 38 of the 76 votes cast to easily outdistance runner-up Shane Larkin of Miami (23 votes). He joins the late Len Bias, as the only players to be named the ACC Player of the Year from a team with a losing ACC record.
Virginia Tech head coach James Johnson said, "I am extremely proud of Erick. This is an honor that is well deserved."
Green has scored in double figures in a league-best 34 straight games and is bidding to become the first ACC player since South Carolina's Grady Wallace (31.2) in 1956-57 to lead the nation in scoring.
Johnson added, "This young man has put in numerous hours and has relentlessly worked on his game to put himself in this position. To have the respect of the media and for people to recognize what he has done for this team, in such a tough conference against very good players and very good coaches, says a lot about Erick as a player. Erick is a great kid on and off the floor and the award couldn't come to a better person."
Duke's Mason Plumlee finished third in the voting (12 votes), while Virginia's Joe Harris received two votes, and Florida State's Michael Snaer received one vote each.
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ACSMA Player of the Year Voting
Erick Green, Virginia Tech (38)
Shane Larkin, Miami (23)
Mason Plumlee, Duke (12)
Joe Harris, Virginia (2)
Michael Snaer, Florida State (1)