15 - Malcolm Brogdon

6-5, 225 Shooting Guard
Virginia Senior
12/11/92 (29 yrs)
Norcross, GA
High School
Greater Atlanta Christian
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Ball Handling

NBA Comparison: Keith Bogans/Jayson Granger

Strengths: Good size and strong body frame at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds with a 6-foot-10 wingspan…Passing is an underrated part of his game…Shows creativity when making plays for his teammates…Usually makes the right reads when coming off of screens…Comfortable facilitating/passing off the pick and roll…Doesn’t try to force things or over dribble…Makes the simple plays…Has improved his scoring throughout each of his four years at UVA…Shooting stroke has gotten better…Does a lot of damage catching and shooting off screens…Good spot up shooter…Can create space and time that allows him to set up his feet for pull-up jumpers…Very dangerous threat to score when left open on the perimeter…Proved to be very effective playing off the ball as a high IQ slasher and cutter…Effectively curls off screens…Crafty finisher at the rim…Capable of using both hands to score in the paint…Has an effective left-handed scoop shot…Shot a high percentage on floaters…Shows great poise when looking to score on offense…Shows good timing when attacking closeouts…Can put the ball on the floor and drive in a straight line from the triple threat position…Operates well out of ball screen…Likes to split ball screens on the regular…Knows how to use his size and strength as an advantage when driving to the rim against smaller guards/wings…Physical and tough defender…Very active (hands and feet) on-ball defender…Does a great job of recovering to contest shots when he gets beat…Uses his quick hands to dig at the ball and force turnovers…Shows good anticipation in the passing lanes…Isn’t afraid to dive on the floor for loose balls…Keeps his defensive stance…Has very sizable hands…Can guard multiple positions (guarded four positions at UVA)…Effective post defender against college bigs because of his strength and length…Good defender off the ball…More times than not, he’s in good position to help…Communicates well when defending off the ball…Makes the effort to close out and contest shots at all times…Plays with great intensity and a high motor on both ends of the court, which helps him make up for average athleticism…Competes at a high level…Very smart all-around player…His wingspan and strength allows him to play bigger than his height on both ends of the floor…Experienced leader with a high basketball IQ…Enters the draft as a very accomplished collegiate player…Is known to have high character…Plays the game the right way …

Weaknesses: Ball-handling still needs work…Has average athleticism…Not an overly explosive player (lacks explosion at the rim)…Doesn’t have great burst or leaping ability…Doesn’t possess the shiftiness and quickness that is often needed to beat his defenders…Creativity and isolation skills are at a basic level…While his shooting has shown improvement, his shot still comes off flat, and needs more arch…Has a bit of a push shot and a hitch…Concerns about whether or not he has NBA range…Struggles shooting against length…Flat-footed shooting stroke…Players longer than him disrupt his ability to get into a rhythm when shooting pull-up jumpers…Falls victim to a lot of blocked/altered shots because his mechanics are off (low release point, not much elevation, no arc on shot)…Lack of leaping ability doesn’t help when trying to score over length…Struggles to score when his shot is being contested (his shot is easy to contest)…Needs to work on consistently elevating on his step back jumpers…Struggling when trying to turn the corner on his drives to the basket (can’t consistently get to the edge)…Can sometimes be easy to guard in ISO situations because his defenders know what he’ll do before he does it…For example, most defenders know that cutting him off on his drives will force him into a tough step back jumper…Dribbles the ball with a hunch…Takes him longer to get to spots on the floor because he doesn’t have long strides…Defensively, he has good but not great lateral quickness…Needs to work on not getting caught on screens…Shooters are often able to get free against him using such screens…Already 23-years-old, so he may have reached his peak as a player…Doesn’t excel in one particular area of his game…

Overall: Brogdon finished his UVA career as one of the most decorated and productive players in the program’s history. Throughout his four seasons as a Cavalier, he found ways to improve his scoring every year, becoming a great leader, and developing into a lockdown defender. As a senior, the Atlanta, Georgia native averaged 18.2 points on 45 percent shooting, 4.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and just 1.4 turnovers per game. One his way to earning numerous prestigious awards, including ACC Player of the Year, ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2x), First-Team All-American, and being named a finalist for the Naismith Award, he also helped lead Virginia to its first Elite Eight since 1995. Brogdon took on a bigger role as the first option on offense this past season while also playing outstanding individual defense, earning much-deserved recognition as one of the most valuable players in the country and best seniors in the 2016 class. Brogdon steadily improved over the course of his collegiate career, but his shooting mechanics and average athletic ability/lack of explosiveness are concerns. While he may not have much upside because of his age (23-years-old), he does possess maturity, a high basketball IQ, competitiveness, leadership qualities, and a solid skill level on both ends of the court that can land him on an NBA roster next season.

Notes: Measured 6’5.5’’ in shoes, with a 6’9.5’’ wingspan and 225 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy

Tajh Jenkins 5/27/16

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