ATLANTA -- As the No. 4 seed, Virginia doesn't have its first game in the ACC Tournament at Philips Arena until today. But the season is already over for former Greater Atlanta Christian standout Malcolm Brogdon.
Instead of practicing, the Cavaliers freshman was undergoing surgery Wednesday for a broken bone in his left foot.
The loss of the team's sixth man was another blow for Virginia. Second-leading scorer Joe Harris is playing with a broken non-shooting hand and big man Assane Sene, who suffered a severe ankle sprain against Georgia Tech on Jan. 19, was dismissed from the team for disciplinary reasons.
As a result, Virginia (22-8) faces a potential loss to North Carolina State in the quarterfinals and seeing its feel-good season lose its luster despite still seemingly assured of a NCAA Tournament bid. The Cavaliers went 4-5 down the stretch to finish 9-7 in the conference.
Brogdon, who averaged 6.7 points per game, hurt his foot in practice and missed the final two regular season games against Florida State and Maryland after trying to play through the pain. It wasn't until Tuesday that it was decided that surgery was necessary.
The 6-foot-5 guard had a season-best 16 points in a victory over nationally-ranked Michigan in late November. His ACC best was 14 points against Maryland on Feb. 18.
Brogdon was twice named Gwinnett Daily Post player of the year while leading GAC to consecutive Class AA state titles. He won Mr. Basketball honors from the Georgia Sportswriters Association as a senior.
Brogdon averaged 20.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.2 steals as a junior for the Spartans and then pumped up those numbers to 25.7 points, 12.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals in his final season after the graduation of Trent Wiedeman, now at the College of Charleston.
North Carolina dominates All-ACC
No. 1 seed North Carolina, ranked No. 4 nationally, placed its entire front line on the All-ACC first team that was led by player of the year Tyler Zeller. Harrison Barnes and John Henson were the other Tar Heels selected and Henson was also picked for the All-ACC defensive team.
The other first team picks were Mike Scott of Virginia and freshman Austin Rivers of Duke. North Carolina's Kendall Marshall, the ACC assist leader, made the second team.
Florida State's Leonard Hamilton, whose team finished third in the regular season, was coach of the year.
Duke's Kelly out for tournament
No. 2 seed Duke (26-5) will be without third-leading scorer Ryan Kelly for the ACC Tournament and possibly the beginning of NCAA Tournament play.
The 6-foot-10 junior sprained his ankle in practice on Tuesday, hardly a good omen for the No. 6 nationally ranked Blue Devils, the ACC defending champion.
Kelly averages 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 80.7 percent from the foul line and 40.8 percent on 3-pointers. Without him, Duke has just brothers Mason and Miles Plumlee as primary big men.
The Blue Devils, which play the first game of the evening quarterfinal session today, lost at home to North Carolina (27-4) on Saturday to fall out of a first-place tie.
Hess not working ACC tourney
Veteran official Karl Hess, involved in a controversy during an N.C. State-FSU game this season, will not work any games in the ACC Tournament.
ACC head of officials John Clougherty said that Hess decided to officiate in the Big East Tournament instead because he did not want to be a distraction at the ACC event.
Clougherty said Hess was invited to work the ACC Tournament despite the incident. The officials in Thursday's first game Jamie Luckie, Mike Eades and Bernard Clinton each wore a small piece of white tap on their left sneaker with the initials KH.
Hess had former N.C. State standouts Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta ejected from the stands during the February game with FSU in Raleigh.