Andrew Bogut ranks 15th in the nation in scoring and third in rebounding.
March 5, 2005
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah center Andrew Bogut is one of 23 student-athletes named to the official voting ballot for the 2005 Wooden Award All-American Team and Player of the Year, presented annually to the nation's top collegiate basketball player. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 9, during a national CBS telecast of the John R. Wooden Award ceremony that will air live at 1 p.m. EST from The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Bogut, a 7-0, 245-pound sophomore from Melbourne, Australia, has led the Utes (25-4, 13-1) to the Mountain West Conference regular season title and a No. 16 national ranking this week by the Associated Press. The national leader in double-doubles with 20 in 29 games this year, Bogut is also among the national leaders for scoring (15th at 20.6 ppg) and rebounding (3rd at 12.0 rpg). On Saturday in a 72-60 win over San Diego State he became the 31st player in Utah history to score 1,000 points--he is just the third Ute to do it in two seasons.
Ten conferences are represented on the ballot, including the ACC (5), America East (1), Big Ten (3), Big 12 (3), Big East (3), Conference USA (1), Mountain West (1), Pac-10 (3), SEC (2), and the West Coast Conference (1). The ballot for the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball also includes three 2003-04 Wooden Award All-Americans including Ryan Gomes (Providence), John Lucas (Oklahoma State) and Lawrence Roberts (Mississippi State). Luther Head of Illinois is the only candidate on the national ballot who was not a Wooden Award Midseason nominee. In total, 11 juniors, 10 seniors and two sophomores are represented.
"Each of these players should be commended for their athletic and academic achievements as they have all met the comprehensive Wooden Award criteria," said Richard "Duke" Llewellyn, founder and chairman of the Wooden Award. "This year's race for the Wooden Award is wide open, and we look forward to closely following both the conference and national tournament to see who will emerge from the talent-rich field of national finalists."
In order to be considered for the national ballot, all players must have been accredited by their university as meeting the Wooden Award criteria which includes making normal progress towards graduation and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
A panel of over 1,000 voters comprised of sports media members and college basketball experts from around the nation will have until 3 p.m. EST on Monday, March 28 to cast their votes for both the 10-member All-American Team and Wooden Award recipient as the most outstanding collegiate basketball player in the United States. The top five finalists will be invited to Los Angeles for the awards ceremony and will receive a contribution from the John R. Wooden Award Scholarship Fund for their university's general scholarship fund.
Wooden Award Ballot (Players listed alphabetically)
Andrew Bogut, Utah (7'0", So., F/C) Dee Brown, Illinois (6'0", Jr., G) Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont (6'9", Sr., F) Ike Diogu, Arizona State (6'8", Jr., F) Francisco Garcia, Louisville (6'7", Jr., F) Ryan Gomes, Providence (6'7", Sr., F) Joey Graham, Oklahoms State (6'7", Sr., F) Luther Head, Illinois (6'3", Sr., G) John Lucas, Oklahoma State (5'11", Sr. G) Sean May, North Carolina (6'9", Jr., F/C) Rashad McCants, North Carolina (6'4", Jr., F/G) Chris Paul, Wake Forest (6'0", So., G) J.J. Redick, Duke (6'4", Jr., G) Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State (6'9", Sr., F) Nate Robinson, Washington (5'9", Jr., G) Wayne Simien, Kansas (6'9", Sr., F) Craig Smith, Boston College (6'7", Jr., F) Salim Stoudamire, Arizona (6'1", Sr., G) Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga (6'10", Sr., F) Hakim Warrick, Syracuse (6'8", Sr., F) Deron Williams, Illinois (6'3", Jr., G) Shelden Williams, Duke (6'9", Jr., F) Kennedy Winston, Alabama (6'6", Jr., F)