Q&A – Freshman Malcolm Brogdon

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Malcolm Brogdon and the Hoos open the season with South Carolina State.

The University of Virginia’s most decorated freshman, former Greater Atlanta Christian (Atlanta, GA) guard Malcolm Brogdon , earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Georgia Sportswriters Association Group AA Player of the Year honors as a junior and AJC All-Division Player of the Year honors his senior season. Primarily playing the two -guard position but also seeing time at the point, the 6’5″, 215-pound Brogdon averaged close to 26 points, almost 13 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game his senior year.

At Virginia, he is logging significant time this fall at point guard, particularly since a preseason knee injury temporarily sidelined Jontel Evans . It’s a challenge Brogdon relishes.

“Me and Coach Bennett had really talked about it all along, and that was one of the reasons why I was really interested in Virginia. All I wanted was a chance to play point,” Brogdon said. “I’ve just been sort of trying to work on my ball-handling and the little things I need to do in order to be ready if that opportunity presents itself.”

In a chat on ESPN.com, Cavaliers head coach Tony Bennett said the following about Brogdon’s development at the point:

“He has done a nice job. Very strong. So much to learn with that position so really everyone has to have PG and off-PG skills. They are going to face screens, have to guard, etc. There is a completeness factor that is there. Malcolm is a classic combo-guard and will just get more comfortable. He is physically mature enough and he has the strength. Freshmen sometimes can’t handle the physicality of the game but he has that down already.”

The responsibility of running the point, particularly on the college level, has been an adjustment, but the Georgia native is pleased with his progress so far.

“First, I definitely think [point guard] is the hardest position on the floor,”

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