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Malcolm Brogdon already figured to be a hot commodity after leading Greater Atlanta Christian to its first state boys basketball championship since 1977 and earning the Daily Post's Boys Player of the Year award last season.
However, the interest he got from big-time college programs skyrocketed during an outstanding summer of AAU ball.
And that interest has culminated with the 6-foot-4 senior wing making a verbal commitment to attend the University of Virginia.
Brogdon could not be reached for comment, but GAC coach Eddie Martin confirmed Monday that Brogdon had committed after visiting the school's Charlottesville, Va., campus over the weekend.
Brogdon's stock apparently wasn't as high as Martin believes it should have been after he averaged 20.6 points (third in Gwinnett County), 6.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in helping the Spartans to a 32-1 record and the Class AA state title as a junior last spring.
That all changed, however, after Brogdon's big summer, which included averaging 18.8 points per game -- eighth among all scorers -- for the Georgia Stars at the prestigious Nike Peach Jam tournament in North Augusta, S.C., as a key to getting him major scholarship offers.
"His offers went from 13 to over 30," Martin said. "He played well this summer, and it certain helped his stock.
"I was a little confused why some schools hadn't already jumped on him after last year. But he was kind of like (Jeremy) Lamb at Norcross. He went to the Peach Jam last year and blew up (before signing with Connecticut). When you play well against the best kids in the country and the top teams, it's going to help you."
In the end, Brogdon chose Virginia among all those scholarship offers that included Vanderbilt, Clemson, Georgia, Harvard, Minnesota and Notre Dame.
He will become the second Spartans Division I signee in as many years after 2009 Daily Post Player of the Year Trent Wiedeman signed with College of Charleston last year.
And the fact Brogdon will play in the ACC should reflect well on the GAC program, as well as himself.
"With every conference in college basketball, there's a lot of bragging rights," Martin said. "If you're in the South, the ACC is the top. For a kid from here to play in that league, it's a big plus."