Malcolm Brogdon Potential 2016-2017 NBA Rookie of the Year
Former ACC Player of the Year, 2X Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-American
After a standout career at the University of Virginia, combo guardMalcolm Brogdon was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft as the 36th pick. Declaring for draft eligibility at the age of 23, Brogdon was considered "old" based on potential upside. Brogdon, who was a senior at the time, gives us a good sample of why prospects are electing to test the draft waters after a few seasons. Unfortunately many seniors who have been in big games and have prepared for the moment are being overlooked due to the influx of emerging younger prospects with high ceilings. What can’t be overlooked, however, is his impact this season with the Milwaukee Bucks. He averaged 10 ppg, 4 assist, 2 rebs, and 1 stl while starting 28 regular season games and all 6 playoff games in a very competitive series against the Toronto Raptors. In his professional playoffs debut, Brogdon logged 30.5 mins per game. Credit his 4 years of college experience to Brogdon having an NBA ready body, high basketball IQ, and great defensive awareness. Playing four years in the ACC's well known hostile environments, he's clearly been prepared for the big stage. Now that we’re approaching the 2017 draft, I asked myself, who will be this years Malcolm Brogdon?
Derrick White - Colorado
White, a former Division II standout, made the best of his one season at Colorado. He averaged 18.1 ppg, 4.1 rebounds, 4.4 assist, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks. He finished the season with a PER of 19.97. He has a high basketball IQ and sees the floor well, makes the right decision, especially in pick & roll situations. He has a great understanding of how to use his size as an advantage. Diverse scorer with good instincts. Shoots the ball well from the catch and off the bounce. He has the capability of playing with or off the ball as well. He rebounds from the guard position and competes defensively, blocking a high number of shots. In the right situation he will be a solid contributor.
Josh Hart - Villanova
Josh has always been a full effort, tough, hard nose player. Josh is consistent on both ends of the court. Not only is he consistent, but he's efficient. He finished the season with a 20.36 PER and concluded his career as one of the best college basketball players in country. Josh is a deadly spot up shooter and makes a majority of his shots when his feet are set. In addition, Josh really knows how to get into the paint and finish through contact. He continued to improve his game each season at Villanova. He has the potential to be a strong role player who will defend and give full effort each time he steps on the court.
Frank Mason - Kansas
Frank has an attack mode mentality, high motor and a competitors spirit. He is a big time scorer with play making ability. Frank is a blur with the ball in his hands and displayed body control with the ability to finish through contact. He has a strong build and knows how to use his strength to disrupt opponents. Often collects steals which triggers the break for open court scoring opportunities. He shoots the ball well and creates space to get his shot off. Overall, he has a good feel for the game and efficient, 20.92 PER. He improved throughout his career and proved he can play alongside high level players against elite competition.