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With Erick Green in, Malcolm Delaney plays off ball

The development of freshman guard Erick Green has been a promising sign for Virginia Tech. Not only does Green have upside in the coming years, but it has allowed the Hokies to add spice to their sets when he is in the game.

With Green in at point guard, Hokies starter Malcolm Delaney is able to play off the ball more and effectively get in the role of a shooting guard. Done right, it has been a benefit for the offensively challenged Hokies.

Delaney led the ACC with 20.3 points per game entering the Hokies' game against North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

While Delaney has manufactured points for himself all year, playing the point has also naturally hindered his ability to get open looks. Delaney is a sniper, but has had some struggles shooting the ball at times this year, as his shot has not been as accurate as it can be.

"I think we can get him open," Green said of playing at the same times as Delaney. "We can get him better looks because he can get off screens. We just have another point guard out there to handle the ball."

Although Green mostly practice against Delaney, he says he has a good feel for Delaney and his tendencies. "I know how he’s going to come off screens, ball side or not," Green said. "I can get him looks so he can shoot and score for us."

By Mark Viera  |  February 11, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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