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Last updated on March 5th, 2018 at 02:03 pm
Melbourne boy Andrew Bogut is big news in the US:
Andrew Bogut was just another international player when the college basketball season started, not even meriting an honorable mention in the preseason All-America balloting. All that has changed now for the 7-foot sophomore from Australia. The Utah center was the leading vote-getter on The Associated Press’ All-America team announced Tuesday.
Bogut may become the top pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. He’s worked hard to get this far:
Ever since being overlooked for the Dandenong Rangers’ Under 16 club side when he was 14, Bogut worked with a private coach for two hours after school every day. Later he missed out on the Victorian Under 18 team.
“I was pissed off,” Bogut says. “That was the last straw for me. I was in the emergency squad but I really thought I should have been in that team.
“I thank my state coach for cutting me because I don’t think I’d be here if I just had a smooth ride. That was my drive – proving people wrong.”
(Via Chris Johnson)