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18 Spectacular Secrets Of Andrew Bogut

1. The 7-foot center was a star at the University of Utah for two years before declaring for the NBA draft.

2. He was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft, thus becoming the first Australian player and the second Utah player to be drafted number one overall.

3. As a child, he patterned his basketball game after Toni Kukoč, a Croatian NBA player who spent the majority of the 1990s playing for the Chicago Bulls. As a 15-year-old, he was cut from the Victoria junior state representative team.

4. Then he competed in the South East Australian Basketball League in 2003, averaging 22 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in 31 minutes per game.

5. He later joined the U-19 Australian national team and was named most valuable player of the 2003 FIBA Junior World Championships in Greece after leading the Emus to the title.

6. In eight games, he averaged 26.3 points, 17 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 blocks and shot 61 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line.

7. One of the highlights of his MVP conquest was a 22-point, 18-rebound performance in a 106–85 win over the USA in the quarter-finals of the medal round.

8. As a freshman at Utah in 2003–04, Bogut averaged 12.5 points and 9.9 rebounds in 33 games.

9. He subsequently earned CollegeInsider.com All-Freshman Team honours, Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year, second-team All-Mountain West Conference, and NABC second-team All-District 13.

10. As a sophomore in 2004–05, Bogut started all 35 games for the Utes, leading them to a 29–6 record, the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, and a Mountain West Conference championship.

11. He led the nation with 26 double-doubles and scored in double figures in 37 consecutive games dating back to the final two games of the 2003–04 season to have the sixth-longest streak in the country.

12. He ranked 19th in the NCAA in scoring , and led the Mountain West Conference in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.

13. He became one of 31 Utah players all-time to score 1,000 points in his career, but just the third to reach that mark in two seasons. He was named the 2004–05 national player of the year by ESPN.com and Basketball Times, and earned Associated Press first-team All-American and leading vote getter, becoming the 11th Ute all-time to earn All-America honours.

14. He also earned Naismith College Player of the Year honours and the John R. Wooden Award. He later had his No. 4 jersey retired by Utah.

15. Bogut was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft.

16. As a rookie in 2005–06, he earned All-Rookie First Team honours and finished third in votes for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

17. He played in all 82 regular season games for the Bucks in his first season, averaging 9.4 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.

18. He had previously played in 153 consecutive games. He improved his numbers in 2006–07 to 12.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

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