Robert Brown had 16 points for Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Virginia Tech started the 2012-2013 season and James Johnson era off with a bang on Saturday afternoon, defeating the East Tennessee State Buccaneers 80-62. As a part of a new series at VTScoop.com, we will hand out “Three Stars” after every game this season to honor the best performances from each game.
Third star: Robert Brown
The 6-foot-5 Brown came into the season knowing that he was going to have to play a big role on both ends and be depended upon, especially, to put the ball in the basket. In the first game, he did just that, finishing 6-12 from the field including 4-7 from 3-point range, totaling 16 points in all. Brown played 32 minutes, a decent bit of which came at the point which is a role he may assume regularly this year in spots when Erick Green needs a breather. Brown finished with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5-to-1, also picking up two rebounds and a steal. He needs to stuff the stat sheet like he did in the first game continually if the Hokies want to have success.
Second star: Erick Green
Green is the Hokies’ best player and leader. A lot of the weight of the season falls on his shoulders. He set the tone very early, attacking from the get-go, getting to the free throw line, forcing turnovers and taking care of the basketball. He scored the first seven points of the season for the Hokies and finished as the team’s leading scorer with 21 points on 6-11 shooting, including going 1-4 from three and 8-12 at the free throw line. Green also finished with a team high six assists and two steals while only turning the ball over himself once. The Hokies played fast on Saturday, just as Coach James Johnson said that they would, and in order for the team to see continued success moving forward, Green must continue taking care of the ball. He played 34 minutes, a number that should probably be expected in just about every game. Johnson did a good job of resting Green before media timeouts and with the noted emphasis on conditioning; he didn’t tire until the game was far out of reach. He didn’t play at his absolute best but his best wasn’t needed and it wasn’t expected being that it was only the first game of the season.
First star: Jarell Eddie
Eddie played 37 minutes on Saturday and the majority of them were solid. In a game where the Hokies struggled to rebound, he led the team with 10, four more than any other player, and was second on the team in scoring, contributing 17 points to the 80 point total. In the new up-tempo offense, spot up threes in transition could be a popular occurrence, and Eddie has shown the ability to consistently make that shot, as he did on Saturday. Eddie’s 3-point shot has always been smooth but the improvement he showed off the dribble, once slashing to the basket and once pulling up for a mid-range jumper, a shot that he struggled to make last year, is a welcomed sign to the Hokies. He is being depended upon to do a lot of things this year, as noted by the 37 minutes, and if he puts in more performances like he did on Saturday, the Hokies will compete.