UVa’s Brogdon, SU’s Christmas Share Coaches’ Defensive Honor

Points hard to come by when facing Cavalier junior guard, Orange senior forward

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia junior guard Malcolm Brogdon and Syracuse senior forward Rakeem Christmas have been selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Co-Defensive Players of the Year in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.

Brogdon has provided a main defensive component for a Virginia defense that has limited opponents to 50.3 points per game and .357 shooting from the floor. The 6-foot-5 Atlanta native has established himself as lockdown defender while coming up with 22 steals, 14 blocked shots and 105 defensive rebounds.

Christmas, a finalist for the John Wooden Award, the Oscar Robertson Trophy and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, ranks second in the ACC with 2.5 blocked shots per game. The 6-foot-9 Philadelphia native, who was also voted the league’s Most Improved Player, ranks eighth all-time at Syracuse in career blocked shots with 247, and added 185 defensive rebounds and 29 steals for a defense that limited opponents to 63.4 points per game.