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.
“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.”
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.