Basketball: UGA target more than triples his scholarship offers in a week

Mr. Georgia Basketball 2011??

Mr. Georgia Basketball 2011?? Malcolm Brogdon

Greater Atlanta Christian’s Malcolm Brogdon, one of the state’s top basketball players, more than tripled his number of major-college scholarship offers in a week.

Brogdon caught the attention of scouts while playing for the Georgia Stars at the Nike Peach Jam, one of the nation’s top AAU tournaments. He averaged 18.8 points over five games, including a team-high 23 points in three different games. Brogdon also made 17 of 20 foul shots.

“It’s really surprising, and I’m very thankful for it,” Brogdon said. “My coaches told me to be patient with recruiting and they were right.”

The 6-foot-5, 206-pound Brogdon picked up offers from Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Notre Dame, Butler, UMass, Harvard and Providence. Before the tournament, Brogdon held early scholarships from Georgia, Clemson and Minnesota.

Brogdon said he talked on Monday with Georgia coach Mark Fox, who confirmed that the Bulldogs are still recruiting him despite the surprising commitment of Greenville High’s Kentavious Caldwell over the weekend. The 6-foot-6 Caldwell, who is consensus top 15 in the nation by the scouting services, picked UGA over Tennessee and Florida, among others, and also plays shooting guard, like Brogdon.

“Coach Fox said that he wanted to sign two wings this year,” Brogdon said. “He said [Caldwell] was one of them, and he hoped I would be the other.” According to Brogdon, Fox explained that he doesn’t really have a two- or three-guard in his offensive set. He refers to both positions that line up next to the point guard as “wings” — with both having the same basketball responsibilities.

How does Caldwell’s commitment affect Brogdon’s feelings about Georgia? “It’s a positive,” Brogdon said. “Kentavious is a great player, and if I went to Georgia, that’s the kind of players you would want on your team. We would all push each other in practices to be the best we could be.” (Click here to read about Caldwell’s commitment)

Out of the new batch of scholarship offers, Brogdon said he was most excited about Butler, which is one of his dream schools. Butler reached last year’s NCAA championship game, losing to Duke.

“I might take an official visit there, and Butler is definitely going to be one of my final options,” Brogdon said. “I think [Brad Stevens] is a good coach and that I can learn a lot from him. Butler is also a situation where they feel like I can go in and make an immediate impact … and be a part of a winning team in my very first year.”

Brogdon, who has a 3.6 GPA, says his next offers could be from Wake Forest and Boston College. He hasn’t had much contact with Georgia Tech but says he would consider the Yellow Jackets if they get involved.

Last season as a junior, Brogdon averaged 20 points while leading GAC to the Class AA championship. GAC coach Eddie Martin, who had two of his former players at Norcross High selected in last month’s NBA Draft, says Brogdon is one of the most talented players he’s ever coached. (Click here for story)

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Note: I will say it again: Brogdon nearly won Mr. Georgia Basketball honors last year and is one of the frontrunners for the 2011 award. As good as his stats are (and they are), Brogdon does all the “little things” as well as anyone. He is a natural leader, encourages his teammates, works hard to get them involved in the game, sets picks and dives for balls out of bounds, appears to have outstanding character, and strives for excellence in the classroom (Harvard). As we predicted a few weeks ago, we knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the nation’s top colleges learned about Brogdon. He will likely pick up 5-10 more offers after the Orlando AAU tournament next week and eventually land in the national player rankings, where he belongs. On another note, I’m puzzled by Georgia Tech’s stance, to this point. I know the Jackets are loaded on the roster at shooting guard. However, when someone is that good with those grades in close in proximity, you would think they would at least flirt as a courtesy. And with how quickly things change at the major-college level (players transferring, declaring for the NBA Draft, etc.), you can never have too many recruiting options.

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First

July 20th, 2010
10:21 pm

Stockdog

July 20th, 2010
10:25 pm

It would be a good pickup. Second

ignition

July 20th, 2010
10:27 pm

Georgia has become a Top 5 state for highschool basketball its about time UGA paid attention to the talent this state produces and does something. Its been embarrassing..

Tech needs to get on the ball with in state players kid got a 3.6 GPA and offers from Princeton & Harvard no reason he isn’t a Tech target.

wiley

July 20th, 2010
10:45 pm

Who knows what GT is doing…come on Hewitt!

Damon Evans

July 20th, 2010
10:53 pm

That’s some good work, young man. Let’s go celebrate. I’ll drive!!!

Jacket Backer

July 20th, 2010
11:06 pm

I’m just ready for FOOTBALL season!

Go Jackets!!

Finchdawg

July 20th, 2010
11:58 pm

I taught him at GACS this past year. Very smart, very motivated young man.

The Sham

July 21st, 2010
12:13 am

While I love the idea of keeping all our State’s talent here, if he doesn’t go to UGA, I hope he does go to Butler. Otherwise he might get robbed at gunpoint down of North Avenue…

boots

July 21st, 2010
12:34 am

Great news from Athens just keeps on coming. Hope the team comes together quickly and that Malcolm is a part of it. Go Dawgs!

Remarkable

July 21st, 2010
12:39 am

As much as I hope he will stay in state, he will most certianly go elsewhere. Most of the state will only see him play come tourny time. If I were him, I’d choose harvard. It’s a no brainer. You don’t have any gurantee that you will be one of the 40 – 50 players who will play in the NBA and a degree from harvard would gurantee him a life time contract. However, gook luck Dawgs.

destin dawg

July 21st, 2010
5:02 am

Unless he could go to Indiana U.??? I’d definitely go to UGA… Bloomington and Athens are very similiar… great college towns… Big State U. always leads to sports and career opportunites… great things happening at UGA in Bball and FBall !!!! Go Dawgs !!

IDIOT SEC DRYWALL LAYERS

July 21st, 2010
5:29 am

THE DAWG JOURNAL AND CONSTITUTION – nice article, I wonder why there is no mention of who is leading for this fine young man and basketball player???

O wait, UGA, is not out on front so let’s just skip that part. We’ll see you at Littlejohn Malcolm, best of luck this year.

dawgdip

July 21st, 2010
5:44 am

This young man is a class act. Great player and great human being. The school that signs him will be glad they did.

j

July 21st, 2010
7:01 am

Kid is obviously smart enough to stay away from the lack of coaching at Tech.

Sammy the Dawg

July 21st, 2010
7:47 am

Like I’ve said before. UGA will be a final four team in three years. Count on it! Hewitt would not know what to do with this talent. I really don’t see yech beating UGA in basketball for the next 5-6 years.

Yellow Jacket Fan

July 21st, 2010
7:50 am

Hw good is he at drinking and breaking the law…oh sorry…that’s football!

Buzzed

July 21st, 2010
8:00 am

Why risk being under-coached at Tech? Hewitt continues to show that he has no clue.

Saint Clarkston

July 21st, 2010
8:12 am

There’s no quit in coach Fox.

Left to Right

July 21st, 2010
8:18 am

Brogdon would fit great in Fox’s pro-style system. Georgia is building something special!

Walker, Texas Ranger

July 21st, 2010
8:26 am

MC, I love this guys game. You are exactly right, he does all the little things. He has a high basketball IQ. The thing I like most is he steps up against the toughest competition. When GAC played all the big boys, he shined and now you see it in the AAU games. Love to see him at UGA and this goes to show part of the problem at GT. If it is not UGA, I believe it will be Butler. Sounded very happy with that offer.

anon

July 21st, 2010
8:30 am

If Harvard offered, I’d consider it, because it’s an academic scholarship, not an athletic one. Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships.

cisinc

July 21st, 2010
8:45 am

This young man looks like a phenomenal candidate. He needs to look at life beyond college – if he’s not going to play pro ball then pick the college that will carry you the furthest. He should take the Harvard offer – it will open up all the options for him.

Joey

July 21st, 2010
8:50 am

Uh-oh, sounds like he is headed to his “dream school”, Butler.

csradawg

July 21st, 2010
8:58 am

MC – doesn’t his brother currently go to UGA?…Law school, I believe.

y

July 21st, 2010
9:59 am

A final four appearance?? We haven’t even had a winning season yet. Don’t get your hopes that high because you will only be disappointed. We need to focus on getting a road win and not finishing last in our conference. I hate our fanbase sometimes…they really need to get their head examined.

G-dub

July 21st, 2010
10:26 am

Averaging 18 points in aau is nothing because they don’t play any defense. He seems like a great kid and I wish him much success but I am not impressed by this article at all. I do believe that he is what the college game needs in terms of character and being a great student athlete.

ignition

July 21st, 2010
10:27 am

How any so called Tech fan can get on the Internet and bash YOUR coach.. Especially after his team played for an ACC title and went second round in the Tournament..
Completely STUPID.. It only hurts Your Program & Its Recruiting..
Asinine…

Stan

July 21st, 2010
10:32 am

Love and envious with what Fox is doing- Hewitt needs to continue to get his act together. The two schools should be top ten year in year out with LOCAL TALENT.

suwaneedawg

July 21st, 2010
10:39 am

Ignition, maybe some of your fans have higher hopes for your program then not winning the ACC title and going beyond the second round of the tournament. God knows they have the talent. Think what Fox would have done with the same talent. You have to have fans on both sides that can be honest.

RefMan

July 21st, 2010
11:19 am

Hilarious how player’s height is exaggerated. I officiate b-ball and I have stood right next to Brodgon on many occasions. No way he is 6-5. I am 6-3 1/2 inch and I am easily taller than him.

Will

July 21st, 2010
11:21 am

Mark Fox continues to impress!! Hopefully the new AD will get off his ass and give him a raise before he leaves like Tubby did. The UGA program has finally regrouped from the debacle.

Ted Striker

July 21st, 2010
11:26 am

Very nice article — thanks for providing it.

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GT man

July 21st, 2010
12:11 pm

If he plans on staying 4 years and doesn’t have alot of tattoos, then Hewitt’s not interested.

Coweta Dawg

July 21st, 2010
12:58 pm

Malcolm is a fine young man on and off the court. He has a brother at Stanford and another already at UGA law school. I didn’t see the article mention Stanford as a possible pick, but that school is certainly in the mix. I think UGA is a strong possibility, too. UGA is blessed if it picks up young Brogdon.

TechPhi97

July 21st, 2010
1:17 pm

Mike, GT has offers out to 4 other SG’s in the Top 20 at their position. I’m sure they are evaluating Brogdon as well, but with the high number of players already at that position there are only so many folks they can offer.

Time Out

July 21st, 2010
1:26 pm

GO DAWGS!11!!!!!!!

anon

July 21st, 2010
1:45 pm

RefMan, if basketball heights are exaggerated, that makes you 6-1.

wildmanroom

July 21st, 2010
1:59 pm

Malcolm–Come join the Butler dawgs–you sound like a perfect fit! Does “all the little things right”, a true STUDENT-athlete (Butler had 2 academic all americans last year–more than any other school), a high character guy, and a team first mentality–come be a part of the ” Butler Way” and help the ‘Dogs back to the Final Four!

GT Rocket Scientist

July 21st, 2010
2:06 pm

ignition

July 21st, 2010
2:26 pm

suwaneedawg So the intent is to baselessly bash the head coach how just put a young team in the tournament in hope of what??
Further hinder recruiting?
Cripple your hoops program?
By the way how do you know Mark Fox is a better coach than PH, are you basing that off one year?
A year in which UGA finished last in the SEC.

Sammy the dawg is stupid

July 21st, 2010
2:49 pm

LOL UGA will not come to close to the final 4 in the next 3 years. Also no chance UGA will beat GT in basketball for the next 5-6 years. That was one of the dumbest comments I have heard in a while. HAHA

GT fan

July 21st, 2010
2:50 pm

He will go to Clemson or Butler. If he ends up at UGA how many times does do you think he gets arrested? 2 or 3 would be my guess

DAWG 1

July 21st, 2010
2:55 pm

ignition –
I was agreeing with you and thinking that you are probably one of the Tech fans with maturity. Then you responded in a negative fashion to suwaneedawg. Reality is this – the worm is turning, and about time. UGA now has a fine coach who is showing us all that the right choice was indeed, Mark Fox. Paul Hewitt has indeed had plenty of talent over the years, with less than supposed results overall. I think you would agree, if Tech had the 6 million to spare, he would be gone. Perhaps Radacovich (sp) allowed himself to be a little carried away if he was the driving force behind Hewitt’s present contract. This is not meant to be a knock on him, but it was in retrospect, not too smart. Now you are saddled with him and the only option is to spend way more money than Tech can afford, to get rid of him.
Tech’s BB program was the centerpiece of the athletic department. It is no more. Perhaps football is, but there still is a way to go there as well. I personally think Paul Johnson if a fine coach, but the academic requirements, both real and assumed, at The Georgia Institute of Technology hinder the overall program. Be proud of that and realize, very few schools can say they enjoy having both academics and sports at the highest plateau.

Stan

July 21st, 2010
2:57 pm

Good thing that Hewitt is not after the next Mr Basketball in the state of Ga who appears to have interest from Harvard???????????????????

burr

July 21st, 2010
4:46 pm

both brogdon and caldwell are volume shooters so i cant see them both going to uga.

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July 22nd, 2010
12:05 pm

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Butler Way

July 22nd, 2010
3:22 pm

Malcolm, Butler is the right choice. The Butler University family would love someone with your brains, character and talents. Good luck this summer, and enjoy the rest of high school.

ButlerFan

July 22nd, 2010
4:12 pm

I do think Butler would be a great fit. It’s a stellar academic institution and the program fosters an environment of high achievment both on and off the court.

In a pure basketball sense he’d be exactly what Butler needs out on the wing as a freshman given Butler’s lack of size at that position currently. Hayward’s departure left a gaping hole there. I’d wager he would start at the 3 and work to take Mack’s place as a sophomore. If he puts in some hard work and keeps improving his ballhandling & passing skills, I bet Brogdon would be the #1 2-guard for his last three years.

It would be great to have you, Malcolm!

AfghanHound

July 29th, 2010
6:48 pm

The kid can go to UGa or UVa. From which one had you rather have a degree? Plus, playing in the ACC! This is a no-brainer.