ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – Utah sophomore center Andrew Bogut
was named the winner of the 2005 Oscar Robertson Trophy as
the national player of the year at a breakfast Friday at the Missouri
University of Cincinnati All-American and basketball Hall of Famer
Oscar Robertson presented the trophy on behalf of the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association. The USBWA has chosen a player of the year each
year since 1959 and named the award for Robertson in 1998.
Bogut paid tribute to Robertson in accepting the award. "He's
one of the best players of all time," Bogut said. "It's something
I will remember all my life."
The trophy is a bronze sculpture of Robertson by St. Louis sculptor
Harry Weber. The statue was molded from the famous picture showing
Robertson rebounding with his legs spread-eagled.
The 7-0, 240-pound Melbourne, Australia, native averaged 20.4
points and 12.2 rebounds this season while shooting 62.0 percent
from the field. He led Utah to a 29-6 season and the Mountain West
Conference regular-season title before losing to Kentucky in the
third round of the NCAA Tournament.
"He is one of the special, special people I have ever met," Utah
coach Ray Giacoletti said. "Basketball needs players, needs people
Also honored at the event was Illinois coach Bruce Weber, who
received the association's Henry Iba Award as the national coach
of the year. Weber led Illinois to its best season in 100 years
of basketball at the school, including both the Big Ten regular-season
and conference tournament championships. Weber's Illini have since
advanced to the Final Four and are set to battle Louisville on Saturday.
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