waukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond released today the following statement on the injury (incomplete stress fracture - lower back) to center Andrew Bogut (7-0, 260).

“We are very pleased by this week’s test results that show Andrew is well on his way to a full recovery from his back injury.  Because his injury required him to rest and refrain from cardiovascular activities for the past eight weeks, we do not anticipate Andrew returning to game action for the remainder of the regular season.”

In the coming weeks, Bogut will begin a supervised strength and conditioning program.  He is expected to be fully recovered for the start of training camp in October.

In 36 games this season, Bogut, 24, averaged 11.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocked shot in 31.2 minutes per game.  At the time of his injury, Bogut was one of 11 players in the league averaging double-figures in both points and rebounds, and one of 13 players in the NBA that was averaging a double-double for the season.