Greater Atlanta Christian guard Malcolm Brogdon, who is one of the favorites to win this year’s Mr. Georgia Basketball, committed to Virginia on Monday.
The 6-foot-5, 206-pound Brogdon picked the Cavaliers over UGA, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Harvard, among others. This past weekend, Virginia was the first of 4-5 scheduled official visits for Brogdon over the next couple of months.
“He liked everything he saw and thought it was a good fit for him,” GAC coach Eddie Martin said. “They are a very good academic school, they are in the ACC and they have a very good young coach in Tony Bennett. He kind of wanted to commit on the spot but his mother said ‘No, we’re not going to make an emotional decision.’
They got back to Atlanta and I told him ‘to sleep on it. If you feel the same way the next day, then go for it, if that’s want you want to do. You’ve been there and you know what you’re looking for.’ He called up Virginia today to commit, and he’s excited about it.”
Brogdon has canceled his remaining official visits, including UGA. He will sign with the Cavaliers in November. UGA already has a commitment at shooting guard with Greenville High’s Kentavious Caldwell. Brogdon said earlier this month that Caldwell’s commitment would not affect his consideration of Georgia because coach Mark Fox has said both elite prospects would play on the court at the same time.
“There are a lot of Georgia fans around here that wanted Malcolm to play for the Bulldogs,” Martin said. “Malcolm’s decision is nothing against Georgia. He just feels like Virginia is the best fit for him.”
Virginia recruited Brogdon as a “combo guard,” knowing his natural position is shooting guard but also feeling like he has the ball-handling skills and mindset of a point guard.
As a junior, Brogdon led GAC to the Class AA state championship, averaging 20 points per game. However, he was virtually unknown to college recruiters, entering the all-important July evaluation period with three offers. Everything changed when he was one of the top scorers in the Nike Peach Jam, and Brogdon finished the month with more than 30 scholarship offers. He was never offered by Georgia Tech.
“He played very well well at the Peach Jam, which was attended by about every college coach in the country,” Martin said. “They fell in love with him, and things really blew up for him.”