ORLANDO — Magic Gaming knew they had something special in Brendan “Reizey” Hill when they made him the ninth overall selection in the 2019 NBA 2K League Draft.
Although many pundits discredited Orlando at the time for believing that Reizey could convert into a true point guard, Magic Gaming shut out the noise.
On Thursday night, their decision was once again validated as Reizey was named the 2019 NBA 2K League Rookie of the Year.
“I didn’t feel like I had a lot of pressure on me because I had great teammates and a great coach,” he explained upon receiving the award. “I played in a great system, it probably made me look better than I am.”
No matter the system and surrounding talent, Reizey put up jaw-dropping numbers in his inaugural campaign. He led all rookies in assists, dishing out 9.8 dimes per contest, and finished 13th in the entire league in points per game, pouring in 17.3 per clip.
“Definitely well deserved,” Magic Gaming Head Coach Jonah Edwards said. “I think he’s someone who has outworked most of the people in that rookie class and I think that it says a lot about him.”
It’s that work ethic, along with his presence in the locker room, that gave Magic Gaming’s coach the upmost confidence that Reizey could make a transition to any position look like a tremendous decision.
“No matter what position we put him at, we’re going to get an All-Star caliber player,” Edwards said. “He’s someone who is always going to be focused and engaged, ready to win, and always willing to prepare for anything.”
While Magic Gaming fell one contest short of the postseason (9-7) for the second straight year, the franchise knows it has a foundational piece in its point guard, who will likely be a fixture of the squad for years to come.
“He’s a super-high IQ 2K player,” Edwards said. “He provides a ton of knowledge to our locker room.”
In addition to Reizey being named Rookie of the Year, Magic Gaming’s Brandon “ToXsiK” Raudenbush received the league’s 2019 Fan Engagement Award.
“LETS GO,” ToXsiK tweeted after receiving the news. “THANK YOU 2K COMMUNITY.”