Andrew Bogut was named to the 2003-04 CollegeInsider.com All-Freshman Team
July 22, 2004
SALT LAKE CITY - Andrew Bogut, who will begin his sophomore season with the Utah men's basketball team this fall, has been named to the Australian national team that will play in the Summer Olympic Games this August in Athens, Greece.
The 7-0, 242-pound center/forward from Melbourne, Australia, will play in his first Olympic Games at the age of only 19 years, eight months and 16 days. This will make Bogut the second-youngest Olympic basketball player in Australian history behind the legendary Andrew Gaze. Gaze played in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games just after his 19th birthday. He competed in five Olympics overall, played briefly with the NBA's San Antonia Spurs and led Seton Hall to the 1989 NCAA championship game.
In his first year with the Utes, Bogut was named the 2003-04 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and second team all-conference. He was Utah's second-leading scorer (12.5 ppg), top rebounder (9.9 rpg) and best shot-blocker (44) last season.
Bogut has already tasted success on the world stage, winning gold at the FIBA World Junior Championships in 2003 with the Australian under 19 team, the Emus. He became known as the 'Flying Emu' after that event, where he was named tournament MVP and made front-page news in Australia. Bogut was one of the Boomers' top players in recent Olympic tune-up games in Italy and New Zealand. During a three-game tour through New Zealand in mid-July, Bogut started every game while averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game. He also shot 70.5 percent from the field and 70.0 percent at the free throw line.
Australian national team head coach Brian Goorjian is excited to include such a young player on the team for Athens. "As a coach you would usually be looking at someone like Andrew being a player for the future," Goorjian said. "After his performances in Italy and New Zealand, we're now expecting big things from him in the upcoming campaign. He will play an important role in our performance at Athens."
The Boomers will be looking to improve upon their fourth place finish in both Sydney and Atlanta to secure Australia's first-ever men's Olympic medal.