Schenscher, Loughton also on team
SYDNEY, Australia -- Utah center Andrew Bogut, expected to be one of the top picks in the NBA draft, was included Wednesday on the Australian squad for a World Championships basketball qualifying series against New Zealand.
The 20-year-old Bogut, The Associated Press college player of the year, was on Australia's 20-man roster for the FIBA Oceania championship matches in New Zealand from Aug. 17-21.
Bogut, a 7-foot sophomore at Utah, last week also became the first non-American to win the Wooden Award, judged by a panel of more than 1,000 sports media members.
Also on the Australian squad will be Georgia Tech's Luke Schenscher, Old Dominion's Alex Loughton, the Colonial Conference player of the year, and former Chicago Bulls center Chris Anstey.
"The squad is a mix of the core players from the last Olympic team and nine or 10 guys that we haven't seen in an international context, but who've all been playing well in their environment," Australia's head coach Brian Goorjian said.
"We've got a lot of young developing guys that are being looked at now -- young guys who are performing very well in college in the United States and the kids who won a gold medal at the 2003 Under-19 world championships."
A squad for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and the 2006 world championships in Japan would be selected after the Oceania qualifying series, Goorjian said.
"I think 90 percent or even 100 percent will come out of this group when we get to the Olympics in Beijing," he said. "There may be someone who comes in off the radar, like Bogut did last year, but we have included everyone who is currently on the radar for the next four years."
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press