Kentucky Greats: #16, Keith Bogans

Posted by ibleedblue040 on March 22, 2008

Because he played only a few years ago many people DO remember Keith Bogans, unlike some of the players on this list. Bogans is one of the most consistent players in UK history when you talk about putting up steady numbers from their freshman to senior year, almost nobody put up the kind of numbers that Bogans did. Bogans is one of only 11 players in UK history to post at least one 400 point season and two 500 point seasons. With Bogans you knew what you were going to get every night and he was not one of those players you see every year that you hate on the team because he does not pass the ball or he does not hustle back on defense. One thing that made Bogans special was he was one of the hardest working players on the team even though he was undoubtedley the best player on the squad. Bogans improved drastically from year to year (Although his junior year was kind of a down year) and every single one of his stats improved from his junior year to his senior year. That includes his: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, field goals made, free throws made & even minutes played. Bogans also compiled a 101-34 record at Kentucky including that dominate 2003 team when he was a senior that was 32-4 and the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. Here are a few of Bogans’ career achievments:

  • He was a Parade All-American and McDonald’s All-American as a senior in high school 
  • His 1,923 points ranks him fourth all-time at Kentucky behind only Dan Issel, Kenny Walker & Jack Givens
  • He ranks second in UK history with 254 three-pointers made
  • Bogans attempted 742 three-pointers in his career, first all-time at UK
  • Bogans ranks 12th in UK history with 155 career steals
  • Bogans made the All-SEC Freshman Team in 2000 as a freshman
  • The next season he made the Second Team All-SEC and All-SEC Tournament team
  • As a senior Bogans made the Third Team All-American team, All-NCAA Regional Team, SEC Player of the Year, First Team All-SEC & the SEC Tournament MVP

Bogans was drafted 43rd overall by the Milwaukee Bucks following his senior season in 2003. Bogans currently plays for the Orlando Magic where he is currently averaging 27.5 mpg and 9.2 ppg.



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