Greater Atlanta Christian guard Malcolm Brogdon commits to Virginia over UGA and Clemson, others

UGA target Malcolm Brogdon commits to Virginia (Special)

UGA target Malcolm Brogdon commits to Virginia (Special)

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.”

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35 comments Add your comment

anotherdawg

August 23rd, 2010
2:22 pm

not gonna say it

GatorJacket

August 23rd, 2010
2:40 pm

Is Blewitt recruiting anyone???

Left to Right

August 23rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Would have loved to have had Brogdon at UGA but good luck to him for the future.

KD

August 23rd, 2010
3:05 pm

VIRGINIA ????????????????

GT Alum

August 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

Wow, still sounds like an emotional commitment to me. How about at least visiting a few places before you commit? How do you know you won’t find an even better fit somewhere else? I hope things work out well for the young man and that he doesn’t come to regret committing to the first school he visited.

joe

August 23rd, 2010
3:16 pm

Virginia typically has better hoops than UG or GT.

GTechsta

August 23rd, 2010
3:22 pm

joe, seriously…..better than UGa, yes. Not better than GT.

HugoStiglitz

August 23rd, 2010
3:26 pm

GatorJacket, Hewitt is already targeting a couple of higher rated guards and we are already pretty loaded at the position. It makes sense that we didnt give him an offer. GT needs to be worrying about getting big men. This kid must be pretty smart. Had offers from Virginia, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt. He had some good options.

jdhoo

August 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

GT basketball the kings of underachieving

suwaneedawg

August 23rd, 2010
3:56 pm

Joe is right about UGA but, not GT. Then again, why would he want to go to the hood when he go to a campus like Virginia. Gotta be packin’ heat at tech.

UGA ALL THE WAY

August 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

VIRGINA!!!!!!!!!! REALLY???????????????? well, ok

Dawg Fan in Grayson

August 23rd, 2010
4:30 pm

UVA is going down and UGA is going up. Watch and see.

Sorry Dogs

August 23rd, 2010
4:52 pm

Maybe Tech should be targeting Eddie Martin.

VA DAWG

August 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Good luck Malcom! It would’ve been great to see you in red & black, but you should do what’s best for you and there is nothing wrong with that. At least, we can hope you still beat the trade school twice a year. GO DAWGS!

todd

August 23rd, 2010
5:05 pm

Ga grad living in Charlottesville. UGA and GT’s facilities look like a barn compared to JPJ, the new multimillion $ arena.

Dave Mathews Band, Tommy Jefferson, love Athens, not Atlanta, C’ville is tops.

And the General RE LEE is buried an hr. or so down the road.

OUT

ormewood

August 23rd, 2010
5:22 pm

Hugo,

How is GT “pretty loaded” at guard? I don’t see it.

y

August 23rd, 2010
6:05 pm

GT has 5 4 star guards, Shumpert was a mcdonalds all American, and several veteran 3 star guards such as Storrs and Miller. They are loaded at PG and SG. Talent is never a problem for Tech.

y

August 23rd, 2010
6:12 pm

Correction Moe Miller was a 4 star recruit as well.

Coach Hewitt..

August 23rd, 2010
6:32 pm

DAMN… How come nobody told me about this kid. Sheesh… I gotta start paying more attention.
OH WELL, I’ll sign somebody soon. I’ve been hanging out on vacay with Dave Braine too much.
Thanks for my contract GT, I luv y’all… LMMFAO, $7.1 million or STFU… I run this school….

PAUL….

1980 was so long ago

August 23rd, 2010
7:32 pm

I guess Mark Fox doesn’t walk on water after all.

GeorgiaHoo

August 23rd, 2010
7:47 pm

GT man

August 23rd, 2010
8:42 pm

Hewitt didn’t want him, because he would have stayed 4 years and didn’t have enough tattoos

ormewood

August 23rd, 2010
8:57 pm

They are not loaded at guard. Shumpert is a junior this year. Yuo recruit to replace your juniors. Rice, Storrs, Mo Miller, sorry. They are average players at best. Are you trying to finish in the middle of the pack in the ACC, or are you trying to compete for championships in conference and nationally. Not saying this particular kid is the answer, but Hewitt and Tech are not in a position where they can say they are loaded at any spot on the floor.

y

August 23rd, 2010
9:03 pm

ormewood….Im not a tech fan but to say that these players are average show your bias and/or ignorance. Rice looked great last year as a true freshman, Miller looked like one of the best guards in the ACC towards the end of the year. Storrs is average yes…but he is only a 3 star prospect who had no major offers…what do you expect. Brian Oliver, Mfon Udofia, and Jason Morris are premier prospects that many top programs wanted….you know little about basketball if you think these players are average at best. Find a team in the ACC that is not UNC or Duke with this much talent at the PG and SG positions…im waiting? As for Iman Shumpert that kid is a SG who has been forced to play the point the last two years…his defense is incredible and he has the ability to take over a game. If Miller, and Udofia man the point…Shumpert and Oliver will have great years….along with Rice. All these players have shown incredible talent….even the poor coaching cant mask it. As a UGA fan…I cant deny the talent that Tech has on the roster…their main concern is down low…but they have some talent there too….they are just young and inexperienced.

ormewood

August 23rd, 2010
9:27 pm

I’ve been following NCAA hoops my entire life, and since you’re a UGA fan, by definition I know far more than you do. You mentioned teams in the ACC other than UNC and Duke. Isn’t that the point? Is Tech saying the best they can do is finish third? Why even compete then. The ACC is littered with players from the Atlanta area who start for Miami, FSU, NC State, Wake. I think Tech does a poor job of recruiting in Atlanta.

Singleton was the defensive player of the year in the ACC last season at FSU. He would be Tech’s best player right now. Harrow, from Cobb County, is going to be a stud. Lorenzo Brown, who will also be at NC State this fall, would start over Rice.

If Tech is content with finishing 7-9, 6-10, then by all means they should continue what they’re doing. Atlanta is a hoops hotbed, and has a lot to offer kids who want to school in a big city. According to you, they should continue to aim for mediocrity.

HugoStiglitz

August 23rd, 2010
11:42 pm

At the beginning of next season (2011) we will have Shumpert (Sr), Udofia (Jr), Oliver (Jr), Rice (Jr), and Morris (So). That is a pretty stout collection of guards, most of which will probably play 4 years. I could see more of a reason to recruit guards a little more next season but there is really no hurry this season. We need big men and in a hurry. We can be selective on Guards and go after guys like Jabari Brown.

David

August 24th, 2010
1:17 am

GT is loaded at guard..we didn’t need him. Rice is a future star, Udofia showed flashes of being a big time PG, Shumpert is talented enough to go pro after this season, Oliver is 6′7 and can shoot lights out and Morris is 6′5 and has a 40 inch vertical..not to mention we’re in good shape with a couple 5* in SG Jabari Brown and SF Rodney Hood.

David

August 24th, 2010
1:24 am

Add in Brandon Reed also who transfered..averaged 15 ppg and sun belt freshman of the year.

Home boy

August 24th, 2010
8:29 am

Who is the idiot that said he nixed UGA for Va. Hi also nixed Clemson and others that he didn’t choose. You could simply have said that he picked UVA and not mention that he finked out on his home state. He is about as loyal to his home state as the AJC is to its’ readers. Be more positive toward us the people that help pay ypur salary or move on to the state you love it obviously is not Ga.

Why so biased?

August 24th, 2010
9:26 am

Please correct me if I’m wrong but it seems that the AJC immediately jumps on any story with great glee anytime that a kid selects a school other than UGA. However, I don’t remember seeing a single headline about getting 5 star Caldwell. Maybe it was tucked away in the funny papers or I just flat out missed it.

richtfan

August 24th, 2010
9:28 am

so you don’t give UGA an official visit, yet you know for a fact that UVA is the best place for you………….

go figure that one

AfghanHound

August 24th, 2010
9:54 am

Well you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to choose UVa over UGa in anything other than partying. Offer UGa students the opportunity to xfer to UVa and Athens would empty as fast as an airport during a bomb scare.

DawginLex

August 24th, 2010
11:22 am

Getting to play in the ACC is a good attraction. UGA hoops are on the rise anyway now that we have a coach who teaches the game and doesn’t have a son writing tests for college credit :) :) :)

Still@theBAR

August 24th, 2010
12:29 pm

GAC sold out it’s Church of Christ values years ago. They need to take the Christian out of their name, Greater Assets Count–GAC.

Cardinal Sin

August 25th, 2010
12:39 am

Who Cares?

Enough Said!