Andrew Bogut, a center from the University of Utah, reacts after he is chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks as the first overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft Tuesday, June 28, 2005 in New York. (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
June 28, 2005
NEW YORK (AP) - Sure was a g'day for Andrew Bogut.
The 7-footer from Australia was chosen first Tuesday night in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, becoming the first player in five years with U.S. college experience to be drafted No. 1 overall.
The 20-year-old Bogut, who played two seasons at Utah and was the college player of the year, straightened his tie, adjusted his suit jacket and took a deep breath in the moments before commissioner David Stern summoned him to the podium onstage at Madison Square Garden. When his name was called, Bogut raised a clenched right fist.
Utah is the first school to have players picked first in both the NBA and NFL drafts in the same year. Quarterback Alex Smith was drafted No. 1 by the San Francisco 49ers in April.
Milwaukee had been debating whether to take Bogut or North Carolina small forward Marvin Williams with the franchise's first overall No. 1 pick since 1994, when the Bucks selected Glenn Robinson. In the end, the lure of a versatile, athletic 7-footer with Olympic experience was too much to pass up.
"Adding the quality and the competitor in Andrew Bogut, we really feel we're solid in the center position," Bucks general manager Larry Harris said.
The Atlanta Hawks chose Williams second, and the 19-year-old player flashed a bright smile at Stern while shaking the commissioner's hand. The 6-foot-9 small forward was a sixth man for the Tar Heels, who were expecting to have at least four players from their national championship team chosen in the first round.
Illinois junior point guard Deron Williams went third to the Jazz, who sent three first-round picks - Nos. 6 and 27 in this year's draft, plus a 2006 first-round pick - to the Trail Blazers earlier Tuesday. The 6-foot-3 Williams was expected to be the first of several point guards chosen in the first round.
New Orleans selected fourth and also chose a playmaker, picking Wake Forest sophomore guard Chris Paul.
This draft was notable for its historical significance, likely marking the final time high school players will be eligible to jump directly to the pros - the route chosen by Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, LeBron James and others.
Under terms of the new six-year collective bargaining agreement to take effect in July, high school players will have to wait one year after their class graduates to become draft eligible.