NEW YORK, NY. — Former University of Virginia standout guard Malcolm Brogdon was selected in Thursday night’s NBA Draft as the 36th overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Brogdon decided to stay home in Georgia with family to watch the draft, being calm and humble for whatever course he would take.
“A team that drafts me have a guy that’s mature”, Brogdon said to CSN New England a few days before the draft. “I’m going to handle my business on and off the court and be able to contribute right away.”
While a great player for UVA, it was his character and work ethic that gravitated coaches, peers, and analysts to him.
“His idea of servitude is his genuine goal to make people better, not just in basketball, but in life. He is set on making a difference and he is the future for young men in society,” Virginia head basketball Coach Tony Bennent elaborated with the Daily Press.
A graduate with a Bachelor’s in History and Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Brogdon hopes to use the his time in the NBA to help with his goal of aiding in the fight against Poverty in Africa.
After selecting Thon Maker in the first round, Milwaukee continued to add to their defensive philosophy by bringing in the well-decorated and versatile Brogdon.
He was 2016’s ACC Player of the Year averaging 18.4 points per game off of 47.4% shooting, 4.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists as well as a three time First Team All-ACC and two-time defensive player of the year.
The Naismith Award finalist help led the University of Virginia basketball team to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, falling short against Syracuse.
Brogdon also joins Mike Scott (Atlanta Hawks, 2012), Joe Harris (Cleveland Cavaliers, 2014), and Justin Anderson (Dallas Mavericks, 2015) as the fourth Virginia Cavalier in five years to be selected in the draft.