RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — The introductory press conference for UVa’s Malcolm Brogdon and Benedictine’s Michael Gbinije was all smiles on Friday. Brogdon was drafted Thursday night by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 36th overall pick, Gbinije by the Detroit Pistons with the 49th overall pick.
Both local college basketball stars had their first pictures taken with their new head coaches and new jerseys, making everything that has transpired in the last 24 hours for the two finally feel real.
Brogdon, the first ever player in conference history to win ACC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and Virginia’s first unanimous first-team All-American since Ralph Samson in 1983, was introduced to the Milwaukee media holding up his new digs on the court and his new number, 13.
Gbinije, who led the Syracuse Orange to the Final Four in 2016 by shocking the Cavaliers in the Elite 8 in Chicago, IL last March, stood next to Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy wearing a “Bad Boys” hat, an homage to the “Bad Boys” Pistons of the late ’80s, and taking in his new jersey with the number nine.
Both players are expected to participate in NBA Summer League, which begins July 8th running through July 18th.