Bennett, Brogdon and Tobey Earn ACC Coaches' Awards
March 9, 2015
GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia men’s basketball team had four players earn All-ACC awards Monday as the Atlantic Coast Conference announced its 2014-15 Coaches’ All-ACC honors. The Cavaliers had two All-ACC selections, Tony Bennett repeated as ACC Coach of the Year, junior Malcolm Brogdon (Atlanta, Ga.) was named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and junior Mike Tobey (Monroe, N.Y.) was named ACC Sixth Man of the Year by the coaches.
Brogdon was also named to the coaches’ All-ACC first team for the second consecutive year and junior guard Justin Anderson (Montross, Va.) earned All-ACC second team honors from the coaches. In addition, both Brogdon and junior Anthony Gill (High Point, N.C.) were named to the coaches’ All-ACC Defensive Team.
Brogdon, who was also a first-team All-ACC selection by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA), leads Virginia in scoring this season at 13.7 points per game and scored in double figures in 15 of 18 ACC games. He led the league by shooting 89.7 percent from the free throw line in conference games. Brogdon was also named to the All-ACC Defensive Team.
Anderson, who also earned second team honors from ACSMA, was selected to the coaches’ second team despite missing the last eight games of the season due to a fractured finger suffered on Feb. 7 and an appendectomy on March 5. He is second on the team in scoring at 13.4 points per game and was leading the conference in three-point percentage at 48.4 percent when he was injured.
Bennett was named ACC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year by his peers. In 2014-15, he directed the Cavaliers to a 28-2 record and their second consecutive outright ACC regular season title.
Brogdon shares ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors with Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas. He was joined on the coaches’ All-ACC Defensive Team by Gill as Virginia was the only school to place two players on the team.
Tobey was honored as the league’s top player off the bench by the coaches. He averaged 7.2 points per game and third on the team in rebounding at 5.2 per game.
No. 1 seed Virginia (28-2, 16-2 ACC) will play No. 8 seed Clemson or No. 9 seed Florida State in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Thursday, March 12. Tipoff at Greensboro Coliseum is set for 12 p.m. ET.