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Ex-Va. Tech star Erick Green signs one-year deal to play in Italy

Former Virginia Tech and Paul VI Catholic star Erick Green will play next season in Italy. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Former Virginia Tech men’s basketball star Erick Green has agreed to terms on a one-year contract to play with the Italian professional team Montepaschi Siena during the 2013-14 season, his agent confirmed Tuesday.

Green was acquired by the Denver Nuggets in a trade after he was selected by the Utah Jazz with the No. 46 pick in the second round of the 2013 NBA draft. The Winchester native was the first Virginia Tech player to be picked in the NBA draft since Deron Washington in 2008.

Earlier this month he averaged 9.3 points per game as part of Denver’s NBA summer league team in Las Vegas. But Green, a two-time All Met who played at Paul VI Catholic, was unlikely to earn a roster spot this season after the Nuggets recently signed free agent point guards Nate Robinson and Randy Foye. Denver already had point guards Ty Lawson and Andre Miller returning from last year.

“Denver has the maximum 15 players under contract so [Green] would have needed to be released after training camp,” said Green’s agent, Alex Saratsis. “This way he can play 30 minutes a game, get faster and stronger and used to the pro game with one of the best teams in Europe.”

Saratsis added the idea of playing overseas was initially broached by Denver, and the team also vetted the situation in Italy. Green plans to sign his contract with Siena Wednesday, although Denver will keep his NBA rights going forward.

Green led the country in scoring and earned ACC player of the year honors as a senior at Virginia Tech. He did not return a message seeking comment.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.
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