Friday , Jul , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bucks sign Bogut to multi-year deal

=== Bucks sign Bogut to multi-year deal ===

Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – The Milwaukee Bucks announced Friday that
they have signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut to a multi-year contract.

Bogut, a seven-foot center from Utah, was selected first in Tuesday’s draft
after averaging 20.4 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game last
season. Bogut’s efforts garnered him both the James Naismith and John Wooden
awards as Player of the Year.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Bogut. “I’ve worked extremely hard to
get to this point and I’m honored to be a member of the Milwaukee Bucks

The Australian-born sophomore, 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).

“We’re very excited to sign Andrew as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks,” said
general manager Larry Harris. “This is the first step in what we see as a long
and promising career for him with the Bucks. In the short time Andrew’s been
in Milwaukee, he has been embraced by our great fans throughout the city. And
as they will come to know, Andrew will show them his appreciation through his
tremendous work ethic and terrific play.”

The 20-year-old Bogut, who led the Utes to the Sweet 16 last year, became the
first collegiate player to be selected with the No. 1 pick since 2000, when
Kenyon Martin was chosen by the Nets.