Known for his hustle as a player, Bograkos has a Big Ten Championship and two trips to the NCAA Final Four on his resume. He played for the Spartans from 2001 through 2004 and earned three degrees from MSU - a B.A. in Advertising in 2004, a B.A. in Communications in 2005 and an M.S. in Sports Administration in 2009.
After college, he played professionally for two years in Greece and Finland.
Today, Bograkos, a Flint native, is the Director of Major Markets for the MSU Alumni Association (MSUAA) and has worked for the MSUAA since February 2009. He also writes a blog called, "The Sixth Option," which is the loving term head basketball coach Tom Izzo used to describe Bograkos following the Spartans' 2002 win over Kentucky.
In that game, with only 49.2 seconds left, Bograkos hit a three-pointer to give MSU the lead. The Spartans went on to win 71-67. After the game, Izzo told the media, "I could lie to you and tell you I set that up. But in all honesty, he was the sixth option out of five guys."
While introducing Bograkos at a 2011 TEDx event, Izzo talked about that play: "It won us the game at Kentucky and very few people go to Kentucky and win. ... He had enough courage and enough ability and enough grit that he took it and made it."
Izzo went on to say, "As much as I joke about him, I'm really proud of what he did here. He went from a walk-on to a scholarship player. He went from a non-player to a guy who played in a couple Final Fours. He went from a guy who took us from the transition of the Flintstones with Cleaves to the new Flintstones, which he was one of the only ones that helped me, and his family has just been awesome. We have functions every year where they come back and help lead."
Izzo says he now calls Bograkos a good friend.
"He went from a player to a friend and somebody that I greatly respect and admire," Izzo said. "And as much as I talked down to him when I coached him, if he only knew now how much I talk up to him when I talk to other players about what it takes to be a competitor. What it takes to try to live your dream."
Bograkos will talk about this year's NCAA Tournament, his memories of playing for Izzo, and life after basketball when he joins Martin on "Current Sports" this week.
The public is invited to be in the live studio audience when the Bograkos episode of "Current Sports" is recorded on Wednesday, April 2, at 6:30 p.m. in WKAR-TV Studio F. You can reserve seats for free through the WKAR website or arrive at 6 p.m. for available standby seating.
The show will air Thursday, April 3, at 10 p.m. on WKAR-TV and Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. on WKAR World. The show also will be available for online viewing on the WKAR website on Friday, April 4.Share via these networks: