ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 20: Keith Bogans #10 of the Orlando Magic reacts to comments from head coach Stan Van Gundy while taking on the Toronto Raptors in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Arena on April 20, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. The Magic defeated the Raptors 114-100. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
The Brooklyn Nets never could work a deal for Dwight Howard. But they DID re-sign former UK guard Keith Bogans.
General manager Billy King announced the deal Thursday without disclosing contract terms.
The Nets signed Bogans signed midway last season and appeared in five games before breaking his left ankle Feb. 8 in a game against Detroit,a team that includes Bogans' former UK teammate, Tayshaun Prince, as well as ex-Widlcat Brandon Knight.
This will be Bogans' 10th season in the NBA.
Bogans was a four-year starter for the Wildcats under coach Tubby Smith. In his senior year at UK, he led the 2002–2003 Wildcats to a 26-game winning streak, which included a 16–0 sweep of the Southeastern Conference regular season, as well as the SEC Tournament championship. Bogans was named tournament Most Valuable Player.
Bogans was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and was a 2nd team All-SEC pick as a sophomore. After a nightmare of a junior year, when he declared for the NBA draft but was not selected, he returned for a fourth season at Kentucky, and it paid off.
As a senior, Bogans was named first-team All-SEC and was the league's Player of the Year. He also was named to four different All-America teams for averaging 15.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals.
His college career came to a premature close in the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. Playing with an ankle he had sprained severely in the previous game, Bogans could do little to help stop Dwyane Wade and Marquette, as Kentucky's incredible season ended one game shy of the Final Four.
Originally drafted by Milwaukee in 2003, Bogans began his career in Orlando, before moving on to Charlotte, Houston, Orlando again, Milwaukee, San Antonio and Chicago.