Brogdon played well last season and earned the support of fans and teammates. - Peter Casey-US PRESSWIRE
Still recovering from March surgery to his foot, Malcolm Brogdon's status for this season is unknown. He won't be ready for the beginning of the season, he might be ready at some point in the season, but he is unlikely to be 100% at any point this season. How is this going to affect the team?
The problem with projecting Brogdon's sophomore season is that nobody seems to know when, or if, he'll be available. Brogdon has surgery on his foot in March and hasn't yet been cleared to practice. There is some speculation that he will be ready to go at some point this season, but there are also those who say he may end up sitting all year. Even those who project him to play this year do not expect him to be at 100% at any point this year.
Brogdon had a very solid freshman campaign, especially for somebody who was playing with pain in his foot. Brogdon played in 28 games, averaging 22 minutes a game. He saw time at PG, SG and SF. Brogdon averaged 6.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg and 0.5 spg. Brogdon shot under 40% for the season, but nearly half of his shots were from 3 point range, where he shot a respectable 32%. Because of that, his effective FG% was 46.5%, which isn't great but is acceptable for a freshman.
The numbers do not do Brogdon justice, especially when looking at just the averages. For one thing, Brogdon was a freshman on a team with talent around him, and he managed to break into the lineup and become a valuable member of the team. More importantly, Brogdon showed a lot of promise.
One of the reasons fans are so high on Brogdon was his ability to step up in some big games. In the Hoos win over Michigan, Brogdon had 16 points, 5 rebounds and hit 3 treys. He also had 14 points in the Hoos blowout win over Maryland. Take a look at his drive and jam at the 1:20 mark of the highlight reel from that Maryland game.
Late in the season, after Joe Harris suffered a broken hand, Brogdon stepped into the starting lineup against Clemson and played a season high 34 minutes, scoring 9 points, dishing out 3 assists, and picking up 2 steals in a game the Hoos lost. It was against Virginia Tech on Feb 21 that Brogdon first began feeling pain in his foot. He would play in 2 more games, arguably his worst efforts of the season, before being shut down for the season after the UNC game on Feb 25.
Here's hoping Brogdon is able to get healthy soon, because his versatility would really help this team.