Virginia basketball: Malcolm Brogdon named ACC player of the year
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon is the Atlantic Coast Conference's player of the year.
The league announced its postseason awards Sunday following a vote of 51 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.
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Miami's Jim Larranaga edged Buzz Williams of Virginia Tech for coach of the year honors while Brandon Ingram became the third straight Duke player to win the league's freshman of the year award.
Brogdon and North Carolina forward Brice Johnson were the two unanimous selections to the all-ACC first team. They were joined by Anthony "Cat" Barber of North Carolina State, Duke's Grayson Allen and Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame.
Brogdon — also chosen as the league's defensive player of the year — received 38 votes for player of the year to nine for Johnson, three for Barber and one for Allen.
Brogdon — who along with North Carolina's Marcus Paige shared the preseason co-player of the year award — averaged 18.4 points for the fourth-ranked Cavaliers (24-6, 13-5), who are seeded second in this week's league tournament in Washington.
He leads a Virginia defense that allows an ACC-best 59.6 points per game and holds teams to just 41.6 percent shooting.
Larranaga, who guided No. 7 Miami (24-6, 13-5) into a tie for second place with Virginia after being picked fifth in the preseason, received 24 votes for the coaching award to 22 for Williams. His Hokies were the preseason pick to finish 14th but finished in a tie for seventh.
In voting for the freshman award, Ingram had 48 votes — the only player to appear on multiple ballots — while joining Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor as Duke players to win the award in the past three years.
Blossomgame was picked as the league's most improved player with 21 votes to 15 for Allen, and North Carolina's Isaiah Hicks was chosen as the sixth man of the year with 19 votes.