A previous version of this story indicated that Maryland’s Len Bias won the ACC player of the year award for the 1986-87 season. He won the award for the 1984-85 and 1985-86 seasons.
On the list of goals that hangs near his bed, Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green originally didn’t write down “ACC player of the year.” After a fast start to conference play, the list was amended even though Green figured he would get passed over for individual awards given his team’s struggles on the court.
Nonetheless, the two-time former All-Met from Winchester, Va., got down on his knees and prayed about the award before falling asleep Monday night, promising himself that win or lose, “I was going to keep my head high.” By the next afternoon, his prayers had been answered.
One day after being named first-team all-ACC, Green added to his postseason accolades, earning ACC player of the year honors over Miami’s Shane Larkin and Duke’s Mason Plumlee in a poll of ACC reporters. He joins Maryland’s Len Bias (1985-86) as the only players in league history to be named conference player of the year from a team with a losing ACC record.