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Former Ute Andrew Bogut announces retirement from pro basketball

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Andrew Bogut reacts after a big basket for the Utes, Bogut had a career high 33 points in tonights game, Utes vs Colorado State, Saturday night at the Huntsman Center on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2005.

An all-time great University of Utah men’s basketball player has called it a career.

The consensus National Player of the Year and a first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2005 before being drafted No. 1 overall in that spring’s NBA draft, Andrew Bogut announced his retirement Monday afternoon on his Rogues Bogues podcast.

One of eight players to have his/her number retired by Utah at the Huntsman Center, Bogut was oft-injured, but managed to play 14 NBA seasons, picking up his lone championship ring in 2015 when he averaged 6.3 points and 8.1 rebounds across 67 games with the Golden State Warriors.

Bogut also played in the 2004, 2008 and 2016 Olympics. He would have played in 2012 had it not been for a wrist injury, and likely would have played in 2020 had the COVID-19 pandemic not shut down the Tokyo Games.

Bogut spent the last two seasons in his native Australia playing for the Sydney Kings of the budding National Basketball League.

As a collegian at Utah from 2003-05, Bogut averaged 16.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in 66 games all of them starts. In 2005, Bogut’s 20.4 points and 12.2 rebounds per game paced the Utes to a 29-6 record, plus trips to the Mountain West Tournament championship game and the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Bogut and Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith were announced as the headliners of Utah Athletics’ 2020 Hall of Fame class in late April. The enshrinement ceremony was scheduled for Sept. 11, but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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