In 59 years of the NBA Draft, no player picked outside the first round had ever won Rookie of the Year. That changed in June when Milwaukee Bucks second-rounder Malcolm Brogdon (Col ’15, Batten ’16) received the honor. “This is a testament to guys that are underestimated,” Brogdon said in a nationally televised acceptance speech. “You can always achieve your dreams if you have faith, and you sacrifice for what you want.”
Ralph Sampson (Col ’83) is the only other former Virginia player to have won the award, in 1984.
As a rookie, Brogdon averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
Hall of Famers
Virginia women’s rowing coach Kevin Sauer was inducted into the Pocock/Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June, while former lacrosse player Doug Knight (Col ’97) is set for induction into the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in September.
Sauer has led the Cavaliers to two NCAA titles and 17 of the past 18 ACC championships. Knight is Virginia’s all-time leader in goals.