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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bogut will play for Australia, Schenscher will make up his mind

Two Australian players are in form to be part of their national team. The good part is that Andrew Bogut and Luke Schenscher emerged from the playoffs uninjured and in good form. However, their future with the national team may be different for one and another.

Bogut in particular hadan amazing season with his solid work ethic at both ends of the floor. The number 1 pick in the 2005 NBA Draft averaged 9.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, shooting at an impressive 53% from the field across all 82 regular season matches.

What's more, Bogut was rewarded with selection in the NBA All-Rookie Team, receiving 26 of a possible 29 votes.

More impressively, Bogut matched his regular season performance in the playoffs against the league leading Detroit Pistons.

Despite facing the strong Detroit trio of Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace and Antonio McDyess, the Melbourne native produced 8.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in the 4-1 series defeat.

Although the idea doesn't make the Milwaukee Bucks happy, Bogut has committed to play for Australia at the FIBA World Championship in Japan, and will begin his drive for a medal on June 19th at the Boomers first camp in Canberra.

But the story for Luke Schenscher may be quite different, with Chicago Bulls keen for him to stay in the United States to polish his skills and add muscle to his wiry frame.

The 23 year old South Australian is yet to announce his intentions for the August tournament, a decision that will be eagerly awaited by Australian basketball board and fans alike.

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