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Virginia Tech Men's Basketball: Hokie Alums Making Noise in NBA Preseason

Erick Green and Jarell Eddie were both prolific scorers for Virginia Tech, but can they make it in the NBA?

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There are two Hokies currently knocking around the NBA and each has a different outlook on their professional futures.

Point guard Erick Green was signed to the Denver Nuggets after playing one season of pro ball for Montepaschi Siena in Italy. He finished with 11.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and an assist per game during his stint overseas. That was good enough to earn him a slot in the NBA Summer League where he performed well enough to sign on with the Nuggets August 1.

Green was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 46th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded to Denver the same night.

Green posted two solid showings in his first NBA preseason games finishing with 10 points against the Los Angeles Lakers and nine points against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>End of 3Q: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Nuggets?src=hash">#Nuggets</a> 86 - Thunder 85. &#10;&#10;Erick Green led with 7 points in the quarter. <a href="http://t.co/YMwLxYEdLR">pic.twitter.com/YMwLxYEdLR</a></p>&mdash; Denver Nuggets (@denvernuggets) <a href="https://twitter.com/denvernuggets/status/520045649765871616">October 9, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Our friend's over at SB Nation's Denver Stiffs ran a good article on how EG is fitting in with the team and what his role might be if he makes the official roster.

While Green was a dominant scorer his senior season at Tech, Jarell Eddie was more inconsistent. Eddie finished 2013-14 with 13.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per contest but his scoring dropped significantly once the team hit ACC play. In those games Eddie's average fell to 10.7 PPG and his shooting dipped to 29.4% from the field.

Still, he has good height and his outside range is tremendous when he's shooting well. That combination was enough for the Atlanta Hawks to bring him in as one of two training camp invitees. So far, Jarell is taking advantage of the opportunity.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Training Camp invite Jarell Eddie just knocked down his second three of the night...making the most of his minutes.</p>&mdash; Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) <a href="https://twitter.com/ATLHawks/status/519295030373396480">October 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Jarell Eddie&#39;s first NBA preseason game 6pts, 2rebs, 2ast and 1blk <a href="http://t.co/mxe9cO0vZL">http://t.co/mxe9cO0vZL</a></p>&mdash; Team Strategic (@We_R_Strategic) <a href="https://twitter.com/We_R_Strategic/status/519603290258944003">October 7, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Eddie is a longshot to make the Hawks' final roster, but he's getting good experience. It's a great chance to make an impression on the Hawks who might need someone down the line, plus now he'll have tape against NBA competition for other clubs to evaluate.

Jarell will likely take a route similar to Green and many other recent Hokie basketball alumni and head overseas to play. After some more seasoning, he can return to the U.S. for another crack at making it to the NBA.