When Malcolm Brogdon traveled with his parents to Ghana as a child, he witnessed the lack of clean water first hand, pledging right there and then to make a difference some day. Years later, after an illustrious college career at UVA and a strong start to his NBA career, Brogdon is fulfilling that promise, announcing the launch of Hoops2O, which aims to raise $225,000 by the end of the 2018-19 NBA season. Joined by former Wahoos Joe Harris and Justin Anderson as leaders of the project, Brogdon modeled his new initiative after Chris Long’s “Waterboys,” which also intends to bring communities in need life-sustaining drinking water.
Matt Norlander of CBS Sports included Virginia men’s basketball as one of his 16 teams that has a realistic shot at cutting down the nets when all is said and done. On the team, he wrote, “The Wahoos should be regarded as ACC favorites. If you’re ACC favorites, you’re national title material.”
”We clinched a bowl. That’s fine. [...] Let’s go for something even bigger,” said sophomore safety Joey Blount. On cracking the AP Top 25, sophomore center Dillon Reinkensmeyer reacted similarly, calling it “cool.” While the team continues to find sustained success, these two exemplify the team’s unwavering focus, as they prepare for Pittsburgh and, down the line, eye a Coastal division title.
It all goes down on Friday night.