UGA recruiting target is one of top candidates for AJC’s Mr. Georgia Basketball

One of the top contenders for the AJC’s Mr. Georgia Basketball 2011 is Greater Atlanta Christian’s Malcolm Brogdon.

The 6-foot-5, 206-pounder nearly won it this past season while leading GAC to the Class AA state championship. Brogdon averaged 20 points per game as a junior.

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“The college coaches love his overall game …. he has got the total package,” GAC coach Eddie Martin said. “He handles the ball, he passes the ball, he gets to the rim, he can rebound and he can shoot and hit the 3-pointer.”

UGA and Clemson are among the early leaders for Brogdon, who has early scholarship offers from both schools. Minnesota also offered this week. He is also getting looks from Butler, Florida, Harvard, Boston College and Wake Forest. Brogdon said he really hasn’t had much communication with Georgia Tech.

“I think when Malcolm gets back out there with his AAU team (the Georgia Stars) this month, things will really pick up for him,” Martin said. “I’ve had a ton of coaches call me about him. They’ve seen his film, they love it, and they want to eyeball him in person. If he continues to play well, I think he will have quite a few more offers on the table for him.”

UGA is recruiting Brogdon as a shooting guard. “I really like Georgia, and I’m really considering them,” he said. “I like Coach [Mark] Fox. I respect him, and feel like I can learn from him. I think Georgia is a program on the rise. I feel like I can fit into their system and play well. I feel like Georgia is a place I can go and make an immediate impact.”

When Fox offered, did Brogdon think about committing early to UGA? “I’m going to wait until at least after July … Coach Fox said ‘anytime is fine.’ He let me know that he still has to keep recruiting other guys. He said he can’t know if other guys are going to commit or not. It’s basically on me.”

Malcolm Brogdon

Malcolm Brogdon

Martin says Brogdon is one of the most talented players he’s ever coached — which is the ultimate compliment. Two of Martin’s former players at Norcross High, and Al-Farouq Aminu and Gani Lawal, were selected in the top two rounds of last week’s NBA Draft.

Does Martin think Brogdon has an NBA future? “He has the basketball IQ and work ethic … I think if he gets a little bit quicker and move a little better laterally, he won’t just play well at the college level, he’s going to be able to have a chance to do that [NBA]. To get to the league, he’s got to improve in those areas and he knows that.

“I’m not going to question his [NBA chances] because I know how hard he works. If he picks the right school in college, gets in the right situation, then I think he’s going to have a chance to play professionally, I really do.”

What do I think? I think Malcolm Brogdon was as good as any player in Georgia last year, including the AJC’s Mr. Basketball 2010 — Marcus Thornton, who signed with UGA. Brogdon has been a popular topic conversation in basketball coaching circles for his dominating play this summer, and I think he will be showered with scholarships by late August.

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49 comments Add your comment

y

July 2nd, 2010
6:26 am

Another 3 star Bball recruit for UGA. Come on Coach Fox we need some elite talent if we ever want to challenge Kentucky, UT, or Florida…all programs in our own conference that are hammering us in BB recruiting…all have landed at least one 5 star player for the 2011 class. Look at the classes that Billy Donovan, Pearl, and (of course) Calapari have brought into their programs. If we want sustained BBall success we need to recruit these kind of kids….but you never know….programs like Butler and Gonzaga have done well while recruiting mostly 3 stars but they still have had some elite talent come through the program. I cant remember the last time UGA was even mentioned by a 5 star recruit…Derrick Favors. We cant keep getting out recruited by the worst coach in the ACC, and we need to take advantage of the talent in this state until Tech can get rid of Hewitt. Most of the top players in the 2011 and 2012 classes understand that Hewitt is on the way out and Fox should really try and use this to his advantage when talking to recruits in this state. Now lets hear all your comments about how the Dawgs

y

July 2nd, 2010
6:29 am

are going to win it all next year. I hope they do but I live in the real world….

Go Dawgs!

Sugar Hill Dawg

July 2nd, 2010
6:46 am

Recruiting the “One and Done” type kids won’t get UGA to the next level. From what I can tell, Coach Fox has the ability to :coach up” kids – pretty soon, the really talented kids will realize they can really boost their game under him and really improve their shot at the NBA. The SEC has always been a physical league – just what some of these guys need to experience. I’ve known Eddie Martin for a long time – I’ve always respected his opinion regarding anything. If this kid’s the real deal, then Go Dawgs!

Michael Carvell

July 2nd, 2010
7:42 am

@Y, the rankings often overlook “late bloomers” such as Marcus Thornton and Brogdon

@Sugar Hill, Brogdon is good, but I don’t project him as a “one and done” — and neither do I with Marcus Thornton.

theTruth

July 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

Y, Fox doesn’t need to get the 5 star recruit. Please tell me what the guys that are in Athens were ranked coming out of HS? You know, the same 2 and 3 star recruits that BEAT those teams you mentioned. So why does he need to out recruit them if he can outcoach them? He beat FLA and slaughtered TN last year and gave KY a run.

If I was a betting man, I would bank the house on UGA making the tourney this year. From being the worst bball team in the league to one of the most feared in less than two years, is simply amazing. UGA will have two players selected in next year’s draft.

theTruth

July 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

Oh Y, forgot to mention, those 2 star recruits also beat that NBA developmental league team (supposedly) called GTech last year even with your 5 star recruit Favors. How did that work out for you? How does GTech not beat UGA with the #2 player in the nation??? Just like football, some things never change.

Mike

July 2nd, 2010
8:29 am

3 stars recruits who stay around for their junior and senior seasons will get you much further than a 5 star who only passes through for his freshman season….. provided the Coach can coach.

Dixie

July 2nd, 2010
8:40 am

did Fox also mention free drinks from the AD!!

Da'reek

July 2nd, 2010
8:41 am

First of all, Malcolm Brogdon was a 4 star guy on Rivlas.com until their new rankings came out. He didn’t move down, he just lost a star, for some odd reason. Brogdon is a very talented combo guard. Kentavious Caldwell is the gem of this class though and Georgia is in very good shape for him.

Stop whining unless you know what your talking about.

Walker, Texas Ranger

July 2nd, 2010
9:42 am

Brogdon is under rated. Every time he has faced higher rated teams or talent he has dominated. UGA would be lucky to have this guy. After summer league, he will be highly recruited when it is all said and done

Walker, Texas Ranger

July 2nd, 2010
10:17 am

By the way, GAC lost by 4 to Melrose, TN in Arby’s Classic. Melrose was a top 5 Nationally and has a 5 star recruit, a 4 star and two 3 star recruits. I believe GAC in AA was the best team in the state.

Fan

July 2nd, 2010
10:21 am

the Truth, Do you want to be Derrick Favors or something? All yu have are negitive things to say about this kid. Like last week you posted about him not helping a teacher, I’ve known this kid since was 13 and never ever experience anything of the sort. He’s never been anything but a humble kid at best. I guess maybe he dominated your son are something on the court, don’t take it out on him. Tell your son to pu in more practice time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

y

July 2nd, 2010
11:19 am

Name a program that has won a national championship with out at least one McDonalds All American on the team in the last 20 years. There have been none but Butler got close. While its true that recruiting one and dones is bad…that’s not what I said or meant. Not all 5 star players leave after a year….look at Duke, UNC, Syracuse, and others….they have a mix of kids who leave after a year and some who stay to win championships. You need top talent to compete…its just like football. Look at the programs that win consistently…they all recruit the big name guys and this blue print for success should be emulated by Coach Fox. I’m sorry but UGA will not be able to compete in a league that has teams with NBA talent all over them….its just the simple truth. If we keep getting the same level talent as Felton…we will likely remain on the bottom of the SEC basketball standings. Oh and in case you didn’t notice “the truth”….I said I hope they win. I am a UGA law grad and probably a larger financial supporter than you. Also Trey Thompkins was a 4 star recruit and he was a great player with offers from many top bball schools. UGA should go after more guys like him! That is what I mean by my early post.

Will

July 2nd, 2010
11:24 am

UGA may not need to worry about Kentucky for awhile….TMZ is reporting a major recruiting scandal with agents and UK coaches. Stay tuned.

HugoStiglitz

July 2nd, 2010
11:28 am

theTruth, I commend UGA for muscling up last season and beating teams like Florida, Tennessee, and GT last season but they also lost to teams like Wofford, UAB, and Auburn (by almost 20), and finished with a terrible record. Teams like Florida and Tennessee have occasional bad losses. Teams like UGA have occasional good wins. That is why UGA needs to recruit better because they will have trouble sustaining a high level of play with mostly average players.

GT man

July 2nd, 2010
12:13 pm

Hewitt wont go after him. He’d probably stay 4 years and hasn’t got any tattoos.

UGA won with Jim Harrick

July 2nd, 2010
12:26 pm

UGA did win with Jim Harrick. I know, I know all about JH. BUT my point is that he won. He was a coach.

Were any of his kids beyond Jarvis Hayes NBA caliber? If they were …………..were they 4 and 5 stars? I strongly doubt it.

How about Butler? Do they always land 4 and 5 stars? Nope. In NCAA basketball, a great coach can win with players that buy in. I am sick and tired of all the 5 star dribble. They rarely pan out and if they do, then they end up broke by the time they are 30. Who needs them?

UGA will never win the NC but we want to be a consistnet 21-9 or 20-10 school. Trips to the NCAAs and an occasional foray deep into the SEC tourney and the ensuing NCAAs is what UGA grads seek.

Go CMF and go UGA

Reality Stinks

July 2nd, 2010
12:47 pm

He needs to come to UGA

The only excitement at Tech is watching the cars go by on 75

Dawgrulz

July 2nd, 2010
12:57 pm

Last I checked Butler beat #1 seed Syracuse, Michigan State and came within a last shot beating #1 Duke. UGA basketball was way down when CMF came. Already tons more buzz and talent is getting better. It is not realistic that we will already start pulling in 4 or 5 star recruits before we have a winning record. There is a lot of positive vibe going on this year we just need to take a small step near .500 in conference and winning record overall.

goatD

July 2nd, 2010
1:04 pm

Reality Stinks – You really need to get out of the trailer more. Check out UF or Carolina if you want to see some excitement. Or many others. But, you got in your obligatory anti-GT comment. Sorry that GT dominates your consciousness so much. There are other opponents out there. Take a look……..

@ Dixie

July 2nd, 2010
1:58 pm

“did Fox also mention free drinks from the AD!!”

No, but I’ll have a Maker’s Mark on the rocks. And be quick about it, boy!

Monticello Dawg

July 2nd, 2010
2:53 pm

Dog fans are buckling up for a fun ride, as the Fox era comes to Athens. For those not aboard the bandwagon yet, you can jump on later. Basketball coaches, and former coaches, are almost unaminous in their praise of the job he did last season. That speaks volumes to me, as compared to posters such as some of us on an internet site, who try to downplay his accomplishments, probably due to being fans of a rival school who do not like the looks of what is being built in Athens.

y

July 2nd, 2010
3:20 pm

So your argument is based on one team reaching the national title game? That team BTW has two players who will be future NBA players. Ill ask once again….name more than one National Championship team with out at least one McDonalds All American in the last 20 years. You need the talent if you wanna build a program. Maryland in 2002 and Kentucky in 1978 are the only two teams in the history of the NCAA bball tourney to win it all with out a former McDonalds All American. Now we all know that that Maryland team had a lot of talented players on the 2002 team as they came off the final four run the year before….mostly 4 star players…dont know anything about the 1978 Kentucky team. Fox is a good coach but unitl I see him going after some bigger fish…im going to reserve annointing him as a the savior of our basketball program. I try to analyze my team with out the rose colored glasses on….I see some promise…but we cant keep recruiting like D. Felton…thats why our program sucked then.

Get Some

July 2nd, 2010
4:12 pm

hey Y, I’m a Georgia fan just like you, but if all these 4 and 5 star rankings mean championships, then why is Georgia football not winning any…Scout and Rivals are just people’s opinions…no one can rate heart and reception to coaching…Fox is doing more with recruiting than the past 3 Georgia coaches have…the ship has been righted and the corner is about to be turned…keep it up fox

P.S., lets not forget Nick Marshall has committed, and will end up impacting basketball more than football (incredible range and averaged close to 30 pts. per game…number 112 bball recruit in the nation)

Breda

July 2nd, 2010
4:21 pm

Malcolm is going to be a dang good college player for someone. And to the idiot who thinks he doesn’t deserve a scholarship to UGA, go become a Paul Hewitt fan. Now that guy is a joke.

Sven Ottke

July 2nd, 2010
4:24 pm

Now I know why Damon Evans offered the job to Fox. Fox promised him a case of Scotch and a free trip to the family planning aisle at Rite Aid.

Pope UGA XXIII

July 2nd, 2010
4:50 pm

Saw this youngster at the AA state tourney in Macon.
GACS won the state with relative ease, and Brogdon was a very
big readon why. Sugar Hill Dawg correctly states that Mark Fox
can coach kids to the next level – something that doesn’t seem
to happen down on North Avenue.
UGA will be very competitive this year – write it down.

Dawg 1

July 2nd, 2010
5:03 pm

Keep up the good work coach.

NoLion

July 2nd, 2010
5:03 pm

Hey forgot to mention Martin,also coached 76’s Jodie Meeks…Another Norcross Grad.

Dawg man

July 2nd, 2010
5:23 pm

Come to UGA, free drinks anytime, compliments of Evans

CONFEDERATE DAWG

July 2nd, 2010
5:40 pm

RATHER HAVE A 3 STAR FOR A FEW YEARS THEN A 5 FOR A YEAR.

FCHSTiger

July 2nd, 2010
5:55 pm

I am a huge believe in Malcolm. I wish he never left FCHS though :( we missed him down there.

Willy

July 2nd, 2010
6:13 pm

Nick Marshall is an unranked 3 star not #112

Willy

July 2nd, 2010
6:15 pm

GT Man you’re dumb. We already landed a couple 4 year players Jason Morris and Glen Rice Jr and guess what they’re both 4 stars! Also have Brandon Reed who was the sun belt freshman of the year and averaged 15 ppg. We dont need a SG!!

Damon Evans

July 2nd, 2010
6:27 pm

Yeah Brena Paul Hewitt is such a joke he got GT all the way to the title game in 04. Something Fox will never even come close to at UGA.

Coach

July 2nd, 2010
6:54 pm

Brogdon will be the best player in the state next season. He does nothing flashy, but does everything well. A dead eye shooter that can play above the rim, Brogdon just gets the job done every night. He will be a huge pickup for whomever is lucky enought to snag him.

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Breda

July 3rd, 2010
10:23 am

And Paul Hewitt did such a fantastic job with two NBA players on his roster, including the #3 pick. Do you find it ironic that GT wanted him to take the St. Johns job because they know they are going to have to fire him after this season? Paul Hewitt and Sidney Blowes are the two worst coaches in the ACC. There is no arguing that.

Damon Evans

July 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

LMAO. And how did Mark Fox do with two future NBA players on his roster? HAHA At least we made the tourney and lost to the eventual national champions by 4 and then lost to the #2 pick Evan Turner in the tourney while Fox was sitting on his ass at home.

GT Bball Fan

July 3rd, 2010
12:34 pm

@Damon – Let’s do a shot!

Dr. Phil

July 3rd, 2010
9:08 pm

Georgia will win as a team! Look at Tech and it’s one year wonders…best players in the country and no coaching and going down fast! How’s that’s working for you?

Stix

July 3rd, 2010
9:53 pm

Georgia won’t win. You have no talent and no coaching! Mark Fox is the most overrated coach I have seen in a while.

colorado bulldog

July 3rd, 2010
11:20 pm

How did Mark Fox do with two future NBA players on his roster? HE BEAT TECH!

burr

July 4th, 2010
10:49 pm

i understand kids in high school transfer but he has been at 3 schools in 4 years. Don’t project him to be a college three bc he’s not that tall, and not 100% about his foot speed 2 play the 2 and as far as the best player in GA extremely doubtful. good pickup for UGA, however not a loss to any out of state school who doesnt get him.

Derrick

July 4th, 2010
11:29 pm

Congrats Colorado Bulldog. Going 23-13 and making the tourney>>>>>>>>>>>>going 14-17 beating your rivals and watching the tourney at home.

S. Thomas Coleman

July 4th, 2010
11:56 pm

All –

I covered Malcolm Brogdon twice this season for the AJC, once in the AA finals. He is the real deal. As someone on this blog has stated, he doesn’t blow you away with style, flash, explosiveness, etc. BUT he does everything well — especially shoot. Kid has one of the most effortless, perfect strokes I’ve seen. As the kids these days say, his jumper is “wet.”

He can also handle the ball well, so he’s not a liability against traps, and he rebounds well. He held his own athletically against a Thomasville team (watch out for them next season!!!) in the AA Final, that I thought had superior athletes to GAC.

Bottom line: Brogdon would be a good get for CMF and what he’s building at UGA.

Also,note to “Walker, Texas Ranger”: GAC was very good last season. But the best team in the state was the AAA champs — Columbia.

The Truth

July 5th, 2010
11:16 am

Good analysis by Coach. Malcolm has outstanding basketball skills to match his basketball IQ. He is going to be a trememdous player in college. He is the total package…great young man and great student! A true pleasure to be around.

burr

July 5th, 2010
12:26 pm

how can u say columbia was the best team in the state, didnt miller grove beat them? also how could you not say milton is better than columbia? djp would eat up cobb and reid could not handle both royal and nolte

Fan

July 9th, 2010
10:22 am

He is a great kid and he will do really well! AND he has personality and a great smile!! We should all wish him well!!!!