Virginia Cavaliers Brogdon, Gill, Perrantes earn ACC nods
Virginia senior guard Malcolm Brogdon (Atlanta, Ga.) was named 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, announced by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association on Sunday (March 6).
Brogdon is the first player in league history to earn both honors in the same season. He is also the first Cavalier to earn ACC Player of the Year honors since Ralph Sampson won the award three consecutive seasons from 1981-83. Brogdon is the third Cavalier to earn ACC Player of the Year honors, joining Sampson and Barry Parkhill (1972).
In addition, Brogdon was named to the All-ACC First Team for the third consecutive season and ACC All-Defensive Team for the second straight season. Brogdon becomes the fourth Cavalier to earn three All-ACC first-team honors joining Sampson (1981-83), Bryant Stith (1990-92) and Sean Singletary (2006-08).
Senior forward Anthony Gill (High Point, N.C.) was named to the All-ACC Third Team for the second straight season, while junior guard London Perrantes (Los Angeles, Calif.) earned All-ACC honorable mention honors.
Brogdon has averaged a career-high 18.4 points and his 19.9 points per game in ACC play was the highest at UVA since 2007-08. He ranks fourth in the ACC in scoring and has 15 20-point games in 2015-16. Brogdon has led UVA in scoring 20 times in 30 games and has earned a pair of ACC Player of the Week honors. He ranks 12th at UVA with 1,687 career points.
Brogdon spearheads UVA’s third-ranked defense which yields 59.6 points per game. He shared co-Defensive Player of the Year honors from the ACC coaches with former UVA forward Darion Atkins last season.
Gill ranks second in the ACC in field goal shooting (55.6%), 18th in rebounding (6.1 rpg) and 23rd in scoring (13.6 ppg). Perrantes leads the ACC in 3-point shooting at 50.8 percent and is averaging a career-best 11.2 points.
Joining Brogdon on the All-ACC first team were Brice Johnson (North Carolina), Anthony “Cat” Barber (NC State), Grayson Allen (Duke) and Jaron Blossomgame (Clemson). Brogdon and Johnson were unanimous selections.
Michael Gbinije (Syracuse), Sheldon McClellan (Miami) , Demetrius Jackson (Notre Dame), Brandon Ingram (Duke) and Damion Lee (Louisville) were named to the All-ACC second team.
Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech), Zach Auguste (Notre Dame), Michael Young (Pitt) and Angel Rodriguez (Miami) joined Gill on the All-ACC third team.
No. 2 seed Virginia (24-6) will play No. 7 seed Clemson (17-13) or No. 10 seed Georgia Tech (18-13) in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 10. Tipoff at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., is set for 7 p.m. ET.