Unknown Big Man to Top 5 School

If you know who Will Bogan is, you have a job waiting for you. Just kidding about that - but we're not joking about the fact that the 6-foot-9, 300-pound Missouri native is headed to one of the top teams in the nation.

It's a rarity these days when a kid is able to slip under the radar, but that's exactly what happened with Will Bogan.

Bogan, a 6-foot-9, 300-plus pound junior at Bell City High (Mo.), committed to Memphis on Tuesday night.

``He had a little bit of a troubled past and got caught up with some stuff and that's really the reason he was under the radar," Bell City coach Brian Brandtner said. "He's been great since he's been here and has made the honor roll the first couple of quarters."

Bogan is more of a traditional low-post guy, according to Brandtner and other sources who have seen him play.

The scouting report goes as follows: Soft hands, catches everything. Decent footwork. Great size. Good passer. Needs to work on his conditioning. Average athlete.

``He's gotten so much better this season," Brandtner said. "He's a big boy, but he can run the floor and his hands are as good as you'll find in any big guy."

The bottom line is that there just aren't a whole lot of legitimate centers out there.

``Coach (John) Calipari came to a couple of our games this year and they were, by far, the most aggressive school," Brandtner said.

Bogan, a native of Charleston, Mo., played sparingly with the Arkansas Angels younger team last summer. He is putting up 24 points and 15.5 rebounds per game this season after sitting out the second half of last season due to academics after transferring into the school.

The schools that were also in the mix for Bogan include Missouri, Arkansas, Central Florida, Virginia, Arkansas State and Southeast Missouri.

Bogan took a visit to Memphis for its game against Texas and finally pulled the trigger on Tuesday night.

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