Big news for Hokie basketball fans! Former Hokie Jarell Eddie has reached an agreement on a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks!
Congrats to sharpshooter @J_Ed31 on the Call-Up to @ATLHawks via @Austin_Spurs! Highlights: http://t.co/kUCwhd9b0N pic.twitter.com/JRtLfAscI6— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) March 5, 2015
How cool would that be for Eddie to get in the mixture on one of the NBA's most elite teams?
This season Eddie has been playing for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development league and has been lighting it up from beyond the arc. He has averaged 12.1 points per game with the Spurs and is shooting a ridiculous 42.2 % from three-point range.
Eddie also made a splash at All-Star weekend by being the champion of the three point contest. After going unselected last June's NBA, Eddie has shown great work ethic and has risen to the occasion to get his opportunity with an NBA team.
SG/SF Jarell Eddie (@J_Ed31) will wear number 3, last worn by Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) in ’14. #Hawks pic.twitter.com/a4yzScXK0L— NBA Jersey Numbers (@NumbersNBA) March 5, 2015
As a Hokie, Eddie was always a lethal threat from beyond the three-point line and averaged 37% from beyond the arc. Now, he has clearly put the gym time in as he has improved that percentage, while facing tougher competition in the NBDL.
This is certainly big news for Hokie basketball fans, as our Hokies really have not made much of an impact at the pro level.
The only other player we currently have in the NBA is Erick Green. In Green's senior season as a Hokie, he proved to be one of the elite scorers in the country, averaging a lethal 25.0 points per game.
Green went 46th overall in the 2013 NBA draft to the Denver Nuggets and has continued to come off the bench on a struggling Nuggets squad.
Green has averaged 3.0 points in 7.5 minutes per game this season.
He scored a career-high 11 points on 4-7 shooting from the field and added 3 assists in a 102-82 victory over the MIami Heat on December 10.
With the dismal state of the Nuggets, I really don't see why Green doesn't see more court time.
However, he is earning a paycheck, and making us Hokies proud as he continues to pursue his dream.
Hopefully Jarell Eddie can see the court and prove what he can do for the Hawks during his 10-day contract. A lethal three-point shooter like him can prove vital in a deep-playoff run.
Good luck to our Hokies Eddie and Green as they continue to show the NBA what VT Basketball has to offer!