Bogut beats out three others for prestigious award

Updated: April 3, 2005, 11:01 PM ET

ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Bogut's last piece of college business was picking up a prestigious piece of hardware.

Bogut, the 7-foot star sophomore center of Utah who declared for the NBA draft last week, was awarded Sunday with the Naismith Trophy, which is given to the best player in college basketball by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

 Andrew Bogut

Bogut averaged 20.4 points and 12.4 rebounds while shooting 62 percent from the field for the Utes, who lost to Kentucky in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. He ranked first in the nation in double-doubles and led the Mountain West Conference in scoring, rebounding and field-goal percentage.

The other finalists were guards J.J. Redick of Duke and Chris Paul of Wake Forest and forward Wayne Simien of Kansas.

"There is no question that Andrew is the top college player in the country," Atlanta Tipoff Club president Gary Stokan said. "He had an extraordinary season in leading Utah and clearly has a long and successful career ahead of him. He is well-deserving of this year's Naismith Trophy."

A starter for Australia's 2004 Olympic team, Bogut started every game in his two-year career at Utah. This season, he led the Utes to a 29-6 record and the conference title.

The board also will present an award to the nation's best women's player in Atlanta on Thursday. The finalists are junior guards Seimone Augustus of Louisiana State and Monique Currie of Duke, sophomore center Jessica Davenport of Ohio State and senior forward Sandora Irvin of TCU.