Brogdon, who led the Cavaliers with 18.2 points per game, joins Ralph Samson as the second Virginia player to earn the AP’s first-team honor. Sampson was chosen three times, from 1981-83.
Brogdon’s college career ended Sunday when the top-seeded Cavaliers were upset by No. 10 seed Syracuse in Midwest Region final in Chicago. He led of one of the winningest senior classes in program history — 112 wins in their four years together, tying the school record set during the Sampson years — and finished his career in Charlottesville ranked ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,809 points and first in career free-throw shooting at 87.6 percent. He is the ACC’s 2015-16 player of the year and defensive player of the year, the first player to win both awards since the defensive honor was introduced in 2005.
“I’ve never had a player impact a team or game as many ways as Malcolm,” Bennett said in an email. “His leadership, defense, rebounding, along with his ability to score at big moments and make clutch free throws was remarkable. He got better each year and is very deserving of the accolades he’s receiving.”
Brogdon, a fifth-year senior, is expected to graduate in May with a master’s degree in public policy from Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield, North Carolina’s Brice Johnson and Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis were also unanimously selected as AP first-team all-Americans. The same group was invited, along with Brogdon, to Los Angeles for the John R. Wooden Award presentation April 8. Brogdon will stand up in senior teammate Anthony Gill’s wedding the same day.
At 6-foot-5, 215-pounds, Brogdon is expected to be a late first-round NBA selection in June’s draft.