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"I have no regrets and full-speed ahead," the 7-footer from Australia said at a news conference Monday.


Bogut, the leading vote-getter on the AP All-America team, averaged 20.4 points and 12.2 rebounds while leading the Utes to a 29-6 season, which ended with a loss to Kentucky in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.


"My decision is about what is best for my basketball career," Bogut said.


He's already hired an agent.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...328/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkc_bogut_nba&sid=95747870
 

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Good decision. Your draft status can't get higher than first overall, and he has proven he can handle the NBA by playing against guys like Duncan at the Olympics.
 

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hoops hype compared him to divac. gross. he'll be a solid pro. heard majerus say today on sporting news radio that bogut needed to stay in school.
 

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if bogut needs to come back for another year then the rest of them need to come back for several. i like majerus but sometimes these guys get too much air time. i agree on vlade being a bad comparison. i would stick with walton/mchale and duncan and no i dont think thats too far of a reach. a lot of times a guys career is dependant on the players around him.
 

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hoops hype compared him to divac. gross. he'll be a solid pro. heard majerus say today on sporting news radio that bogut needed to stay in school.
I wouldn't listen to those comparisons. They have Andriuskevicius being compared to Chris Webber. Figure that one out.
 

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I wonder with Bogut's success if we might see more international players coming to the United States with the intent on playing in the NCAA for a year or two, and then going pro. I doubt it, but I would like to see it happen.
 

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Bogut will be alright, but I don't see him being a superstar, maybe a minor star. A solid palyer none the less.
 

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I wonder with Bogut's success if we might see more international players coming to the United States with the intent on playing in the NCAA for a year or two, and then going pro. I doubt it, but I would like to see it happen.
i'm sure the nba would like to see that also. there seems to be a pipeline between australia and college teams but not so much with europe. it would have been nice to see a darko milicic playing in the states for a couple of years. the key word there is playing.
 

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Bogut to enter NBA draft

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Andrew Bogut couldn't pass up the opportunity to be the top pick in the NBA draft.

The Utah center announced Monday that he would forgo his final two years of eligibility to enter the draft, confirming what his coach, teammates and Utes fans have known was coming.

``I have no regrets and full-speed ahead,'' the 7-footer from Australia said at a news conference Monday.

Bogut, the leading vote-getter on the AP All-America team, averaged 20.4 points and 12.2 rebounds while leading the Utes to a 29-6 season, which ended with a loss to Kentucky in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

``I feel the time is right to move on to the next level of basketball,'' Bogut said.

Bogut has hired agent David Bauman of SFX Basketball, making him ineligible to play again in college. Bogut plans to stick around Salt Lake City for a few weeks, then head to Washington, D.C., to begin preparing for pre-draft workouts.

Bogut's parents, Anne and Michael Bogut, sat in the front row for their son's news conference. Michael Bogut ran an auto shop when Andrew was growing up and the younger Bogut remembered some lean times for the family. As a top NBA pick, Bogut's family should be comfortable for a long time.

Bogut considered leaving after last season, when he was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year, but a visit to Australia from new Utah coach Ray Giacoletti convinced Bogut to put off the NBA at least another year.

Bogut is expected to be -- at the very least -- a lottery pick and possibly the first player chosen overall. He led Utah in scoring and rebounding and is an exceptional ball handler and passer for a big man.

``There hasn't been one day when he hasn't been our hardest worker,'' Giacoletti said. ``It's all been about the team and that's very rare this day.''

Bogut is the second Utah sports star to choose an early departure this year. Quarterback Alex Smith, a Heisman trophy finalist last season, announced in January he would skip his senior season for the NFL. Smith is also projected to go early and it's possible the No. 1 pick in both drafts could be Utes.

Bogut recorded double-doubles in all but nine games this season and finished with at least 10 points and 10 rebounds 40 times in his Utah career. And at just 20 years old, NBA scouts -- fixtures at Utah games this season -- are convinced he can only get better.

Bogut was a starter on Australia's Olympic team last summer and averaged 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds.

Bogut knew before the season started that leaving would be a possibility, but it wasn't until midway through it that he was leaning toward the draft. And he didn't want to talk about it until the Utes' run in the NCAA tournament was over.

``I didn't want to do anything to take the limelight away from the team. It's just not fair,'' Bogut said.

Former Utah coach Rick Majerus, who resigned midway through last season because of health concerns, pulled off one of his best recruiting achievements when he got Bogut to sign with Utah. Bogut was scheduled to join the Utes midway through the 2002-03 season, but had trouble getting cleared by the NCAA.

Bogut could have gone pro right away in Europe or signed with another school because his commitment to Utah expired during the delay, but kept his word and arrived in Salt Lake City in 2003.

Without Bogut, it will be difficult for the Utes to top this season, but Giacoletti said he wasn't even going to try to talk him in to coming back again if leaving for the draft was best for Bogut and his family.

``We had a special year. This is not a sad day,'' Giacoletti said. ``This should be a happy day, a joyous day. Andrew has done everything he can do at the college level.''
 

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I think that he will definantly be the first player taken in the draft this year. He has skills that you just don't see out of a 7-footer coming out of college. He can shoot a mid-range,rebound,block shots, and he is a great passer. Also, has a mean streak and is aggressive, I think he will be a stud because of his court awareness.
 

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I'm going to laugh at the team that takes him #1.
 

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Bogut is going to be a beast in the NBA, IMO. I really like the kid. Big, strong, great hands, good footwork, great passer, and mean. What's not to like?
 

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Bogut is going to be a beast in the NBA, IMO. I really like the kid. Big, strong, great hands, good footwork, great passer, and mean. What's not to like?
Not an impressive rebounder, not very good against players his own size.
 

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Not an impressive rebounder, not very good against players his own size.
I disagree on both counts.
 

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I disagree on both counts.
He only had 11 boards in 40 minutes against a very small UTEP team and again in the second round against a smallish Oklahoma team, and was having a lot of trouble getting them. Then when Kentucky put a seven-footer on him in the Sweet 16, he was getting murdered down low.
 
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