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Green at point guard

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg wants point guard Erick Green to play with an arrogance. But as a freshman, Green is young and still has not developed a commanding presence.

“I’d like to see him take charge of the team more, not look so in awe of the situation,” Greenberg said Sunday after the Hokies’ season-opening 69-55 win over Brown. “Erick can play. He can really shoot. He can get in the lane and, like I said, he’ll be good.”

Greenberg plans to use Green as a substitute for junior Malcolm Delaney, the Hokies’ leading returning scorer. Perhaps the biggest difference between them, Delaney said, is assertiveness.

“He’s got to be more vocal,” Delaney said. “He’s not used to running the team. He doesn’t think people are going to respect his word because he’s a freshman. But I tell him: ‘You’re the point guard. They’ve got to listen to what you do, because you’ve got the ball.’ I think he’s starting to work on that and he’s getting a lot better.”

Delaney is soft-spoken off the court but on it, he said, “I’m going to say whatever I want.”

On Sunday, Green played only three minutes, all in the first half, and scored three points. Afterward, Greenberg said he regretted the decision not to give Green more minutes.

“I just never felt comfortable enough,” Greenberg said. “I just needed to make myself play him because he would have been just fine.”

Allen still recovering

Forward Jeff Allen has been nagged by a sprained right knee and a bruised right wrist during the preseason. He missed practice time in the preseason and did not participate in a full practice last week until Saturday.

In Sunday’s game, Allen scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite his production given his absence from practice, Greenberg did not heap praise on Allen, saying: “Jeff never exceeds my expectations. I think the guy can be magnificent. It’s our job to get him there.”

Greenberg inks class

Last week, Virginia Tech signed wing player Jarell Eddie and guard Tyrone Garland from the class of 2010. Both had previously committed to the Hokies.

Eddie (6 feet 7, 209 pounds) committed to Virginia Tech in July 2008 after his sophomore year at Cannon School in Concord, N.C. He is among the highest-ranked players Greenberg has signed in his tenure in Blacksburg.

Garland (6-1, 170 pounds) was Philadelphia’s leading scorer last season, averaging 28.9 points at John Bartram High. He was a first-team all-state selection in Class AAAA. Greenberg called Garland a "typical Philly guard," meaning that he has a good feel for the game and is competitive.

Hokies notes

Guard Dorenzo Hudson scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting and added six rebounds against Brown. “I was really happy with Dorenzo,” Greenberg said. “I thought Dorenzo played really well; made great decisions in transition, passing the ball.” . . . Freshman guard Ben Boggs made his debut in Sunday’s opener against Brown. He played 10 minutes and scored two points.

By Mark Viera  |  November 17, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
 
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