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Bogut beats out three others for prestigious award

4/3/2005 - Utah Utes

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.

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.