Bucks take Bogut with No. 1 pick
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks selected Australian center
Andrew Bogut with the top overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft.
The 7-0 sophomore from Utah averaged 20.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.3
assists per game last season as he garnered both the James Naismith and John
Wooden awards as Player of the Year.
“It’s surreal to me still,” said Bogut. “I think I will wake up tomorrow and
have a better realization of what is going on. It’s a dream come true.”
Bogut, who was named a First Team All-American and voted the Mountain West
Conference Player of the Year, led the nation in double-doubles (26) in
2004-05. He also ranked 15th nationally in scoring, second in rebounding and
fourth in field goal percentage (.620).
The 20-year-old Bogut became the first collegiate player to be selected with
the No. 1 pick since 2000, when Kenyon Martin was chosen by the Nets.
Bogut also became the highest drafted player out of Utah, as he was taken one
pick higher than Keith Van Horn, who was selected second by the Sixers in the
“Adding the quality and the competitor in Andrew Bogut, we really feel we’re
solid in the center position,” Bucks general manager Larry Harris said.
This marked the first time that the same school produced the No. 1 overall
pick in both the NFL and NBA Drafts in the same year, as the San Francisco
49ers selected Utah quarterback Alex Smith with the top choice.
Bogut could provide Milwaukee with an immediate impact, but it is still
uncertain as to what direction the team will take after the Bucks fired Terry
Porter last week and are currently without a head coach.
Milwaukee, which had the No. 1 pick for the fourth time in team history, last
had the top selection in 1994 when it selected Glenn Robinson.
North Carolina forward Marvin Williams was then taken by the Atlanta Hawks
with the second pick, Illinois guard Deron Williams went third to Utah, Wake
Forest’s Chris Paul was chosen fourth by New Orleans and Raymond Felton
of the Tar Heels rounded out the top five by being selected by Charlotte.
Marvin Williams, who left after his freshman season, helped lead the Tar Heels
to the national championship in 2004-05. The 6-9 Williams, who came off the
bench and was the team’s sixth man, averaged 11.3 points and 6.6 boards in 22
minutes per contest.
The 19-year-old Williams, who scored a key bucket against Illinois in the
national championship game that put North Carolina ahead for good, was named
ACC Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshman
Williams became the first Tar Heel taken in the top three since Brad Daugherty
was selected with the top pick in the 1986 draft.
The Utah Jazz acquired the third pick, as they made a draft-day trade with the
Portland Trail Blazers earlier in the day. The Jazz dealt their two first-
round selections (sixth and 27th overall) and a 2006 conditional first-round
pick to Portland to move up three spots so the team could nab a highly-rated
With the pick, Utah drafted Deron Williams. The 6-3 Williams earned
consensus Second Team All-American honors, was named the Most Outstanding
Player of the NCAA Tournament’s Chicago Regional and earned a spot on the
NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team last year.
A First Team All-Big Ten selection, Williams ended his collegiate career
second in school history with 594 assists and also became the first player in
conference history to lead the league in assists in each of his first
three seasons. Williams helped the Illini to a 37-2 season that resulted
in a runner-up finish as he posted 12.5 points and 6.8 assists last year.
Williams is the highest player from Illinois ever taken in the NBA Draft.
New Orleans then grabbed Paul with the fourth pick. The 6-0 Paul left after
his sophomore season and was named as a consensus First Team All-American in
2004-05. Paul averaged 15.3 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds last season
for the Demon Deacons.
Paul led the ACC in both assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and steals (2.4) and
ranked second in the conference and 13th nationally in assists per game. In
addition, his career free throw percentage (.838) is fifth in Wake Forest
history and Paul is second in school history with a .469 percentage from
Charlotte, which was in need of a point guard, then took a local product as it
grabbed Felton at No. 5 five. Felton was the starting point guard on North
Carolina’s championship team as he averaged 12.9 points, 6.9 assists and 4.3
boards last season. He became the first Tar Heel to ever record 1,000
points, 600 assists, 300 rebounds, 150 steals and 100 three-point field goals
in his college career.
The 6-1 Felton, who was selected to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team,
was also honored with the Bob Cousy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame,
which goes to the top point guard in the country.
Portland, which dropped down to sixth after trading with the Jazz, selected
high school star Martell Webster. A 6-7 swingman, Webster averaged 27.7
points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists last season for Seattle Prep while being
named as a 2005 High School All-American.
Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, though, this could be the last
year that a player is drafted directly out of high school.
Under the new six-year deal, the minimum draft entry age will now be increased
from 18 to 19 years or the individual must be at least one year removed from
high school. Also, any player who is not 19 by draft night is now ineligible
to declare for the NBA.
At No. 7, Toronto drafted forward Charlie Villanueva. The 6-10 star from
Connecticut averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds last season, just his second
in college. Villanueva, who contemplated entering the NBA Draft straight out
of high school, was a part of the Huskies’ 2003-04 national championship team.
New York was next at eight and selected the player they most coveted as the
Knicks drafted Arizona forward Channing Frye, much to the delight of the
Madison Square Garden faithful.
Frye, a First Team All-Pac-10 selection in both his junior and senior seasons,
averaged 15.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 blocks last season for the
Wildcats. The 6-11 Frye finished his collegiate career second in school
history with 258 blocked shots, third in rebounds with 975 and seventh in
field goal percentage at .562.
Ike Diogu was taken ninth by Golden State. The 6-8 junior out of Arizona State
was a Second Team All-America selection last year and became the first Sun
Devil to earn the honor. Diogu posted averages of 22.6 points, which was
fifth in the country, and 9.8 rebounds last season. He also scored in double
figures in all 91 collegiate games played.
The Warriors have the longest playoff drought in the NBA, a span of 11 years.
The Los Angeles Lakers rounded out the top 10 and selected high school center
Andrew Bynum. At only 17-years-old, Bynum is the youngest player ever taken in
the NBA Draft. The 285 pounder from St. Josephs High School (Metuchen, NJ) was
an All-American during his senior season as he averaged 22.0 points, 16.0
rebounds and 5.0 blocks.
Bynum joins a team that recently hired Phil Jackson as its new head coach.
Jackson returned to the club that he guided to NBA championships in 2000, 2001
and 2002 before parting ways with the team following the 2003-04 season.
Jackson will have the unenviable task, though, of trying to get the Lakers
back on top after the team failed to make the playoffs last season.