As satisfying as it was for
He wanted to be recognized as the best. He got his wish Tuesday afternoon when he was named the ACC's men's basketball player of the year by voters from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
"This is a dream come true for me, since I was a little kid," Green said.
Green won the award by a surprisingly comfortable margin. Green received 38 votes for the award, while
"I feel like me, Plumlee and Larkin, we were all up there," said Green, who has established a school single-season scoring record with 786 points, one more than
Though he plays for the worst team in the ACC, Green leads the nation in scoring with an average of 25.4 points per game. He's the first player to win the conference's player of the year award while playing for a team with a losing record.
He's also the first player to win the award while playing for a team with a losing conference record since '86, since the late
Green is on the verge of becoming the first player from a major conference to lead the nation in scoring since '94, when Purdue's
While talking about earning first-team All-ACC honors Monday afternoon, Green left no mystery about the honor he was really seeking.
"I've kind of got this hunger in me," said Green on Monday. "I really would like to be player of the year."
Green said Tuesday he now hopes to pick up All-America honors. He's one of 15 finalists for the Wooden Award, which is given to the nation's top player.
Tech (13-18 overall, 4-14 ACC) opens the ACC tournament on Thursday as the No. 12 seed. It'll play No. 5 seed
Just as he has all season, Green will draw nearly all of the attention of opposing defenses in the tournament. As Tech's point guard, it was routine for the 6-foot-3 senior from Winchester to dribble up the floor and see two or even three defenders waiting to pressure him past midcourt.
"I think that was a big, big challenge for him," said Tech coach James Johnson, who started recruiting Green when Johnson was still an assistant coach in 2006 at George Mason. "For him to do it every night against defenses when the defense was definitely keying on him, putting together game plans for him and for him to stay with it mentally and have a positive attitude … at any point he could've packed it in, as our team could have, but he never did and the team went on him. That says a lot about him as a kid and a player."
Green, who was joined on the All-ACC first team Monday by Harris, Plumlee, Larkin and N.C. State's