Andrew Bogut barely heard of John Wooden while growing up in Australia but he and LSU's Seimone Augustus were runaway winners of the John R. Wooden awards, presented to college basketball's players of the year Saturday.
Bogut, a 7-foot sophomore, became the first non-American to win the men's award, collecting 4,314 points from a national panel of more than 1,000 voters of sports media members and college basketball experts. Duke's J.J. Redick was second with 3,552 points.
Augustus, a 6-1 junior guard, received 422 points from a panel of more than 200 voters to win the women's award. Monique Currie of Duke was second with 155 points.
"It's very special just to have my name engraved on that trophy with the likes of Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Tim Duncan," said Bogut, who is giving up his final two years of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft.
The 20-year-old Bogut averaged 20.4 points and 12.2 rebounds in leading the Utes to a 29-6 record this season. Augustus averaged 20.1 points in leading LSU to the Final Four and a 33-3 record.