The Next Bogut?

By David Scott - December 09, 2006

KINGSTON, R.I. - We’re about 45 minutes from tip at The Ram Dome, aka the Ryan Center and after watching Utah shoot around, beginning at about 12:45, we have but one conclusion: They grow ‘em big in Salt Lake.

With two seven-footers listed on the roster, it appears the Utes have about five who hover quite close to the 84-inch mark. We’re quite excited to see Luke Nevill, who Coach Giacoletti was raving about back at MWC media day. He was comparing Nevill quite favorably with former Ute, Andrew Bogut, the consensus National Player of the Year in 2004-2005 and Milwaukee‘s No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Nevill shoots 70 percent form the field currently; Bogut, in his POY campaign shot 62 percent.

. . The first playing of the season’s anthem, “Show Me What You Got (Little Momma)” was played in pre-game at 12:54 EST. My Budweiser reflex kicked in almost immediately. That’s good marketing.

. . . Since 1989-90, Utah has ranked in the top 30 in the nation in scoring defense 13 times, 12 times in rebound margin, eight times in field goal percentage defense and nine times in scoring margin.

. . . Rhody’s fellow A-10 member, St. Bonavanture, announced its new athletic director on Friday. Steve Watson replaces Dr. Ronald Zwierlein, who is retiring Jan. 31 after three years at the helm of SBU athletics.

. . . A Ute, for those of you who didn’t know, is a member of the native American tribe that first settled the state of Utah. The nickname is used with permision from the Ute Tribal council.

. . . Utah has had four players garner six all-American honors in the last 11 years - Keith Van Horn (1996, 1997), Andre Miller (‘98, ‘99), Michael Doleac (‘98) and Bogut (‘05).

Posted by David Scott at 01:11 PM on December 09, 2006

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