Solomon Bozeman commits to Ole Miss

Solomon Bozeman (PG, Magnolia, AR) - Mississippi's top rated point guard for the 2006 Class transferred from Oxford to Magnolia this summer due to Solomon's father taking the head coaching job at Southern Arkansas University, which is located in Magnolia (AR).But, it does not look like Bozeman will be away from Oxford for very long, as the '04/'05 District MVP has committed to the University of Mississippi.

Player Profile

Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 165
Position: Point Guard
AAU: Arkansas Hawks
Grades: 2.8 GPA / 20 ACT

From: Magnolia, AR
High School: Magnolia (4A)

The following information was revealed during our interview with Solomon Bozeman:

What makes you such a good point guard? "Probably my passing skills and shooting the three. I also make good decisions."

What do you most need to work on? "I need to work on my overall strength, quickness, and I need to get better with my defense."

How long have you been starting during your high school career? "I got the starting job at the end of my freshman season at Oxford High, but I am not there anymore. I am now at Magnolia High."

How tough was it to leave Oxford? "Real tough. I really did not want to leave my teammates and coach. It was hard on me having to split ways with Coach Drew. And leaving my friends was hard too, but family comes first, so I had to do it."

What did you average for Oxford last year? "I averaged 25 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals a game."

Any awards? "I was named District MVP, Area MVP (Oxford Eagle), MVP of the CSS Tournament (held in Tupelo), and I made the All-Tournament Team at Bob Gibbons' Camp the last two summers."

Have you attended any basketball camps this summer? "I just got back from the Mid-American Tournament that is held at Kansas. I go to the Big Time Tournament in Las Vegas next."

Which colleges are you looking at right now? "I committed to Ole Miss."

Who else was involved in your recruitment? "I was talking to Tennessee, La Tech, Arkansas Little Rock, Kansas started calling but it was after I committed, and Georgia and Western Kentucky have been calling."

When did you commit to Ole Miss? "Right before the 4th of July."

Why did you choose Ole Miss? "Because I have been around Oxford for a long time. I like their players and coaches, and I think I have a shot at some early playing time."

What can the Ole Miss fans expect from you as the basketball player? "They can expect me to come in and get something done, and help them win some games. They will see someone who can shoot and shoot when I am open. I will make good passes and get some assists."

Solomon carries a 2.8 GPA and a 20 on the ACT.

The following information comes from Southern University's head basketball coach, Eric Bozeman:

Describe Solomon's game? "Well, he can come in there and help them win a bunch of games. Rod knows Solomon very well, as he has been watching him closely for the last 7 years. He knows what he is getting. This kid can shoot it lights out. He is a career 90% free throw shooter, and really, he can just shoot the ball from anywhere on the court. Solomon just knows how to play the game. He is very familiar with Rod and his system, so there will not be any surprises. They both know what to expect from one another, and I think that is very important."

What will Solomon need to work on between now and when he reports to Ole Miss? "He will have to get stronger, which will come with maturity and age. And he will have to work on his quickness, but that is also coming around. Solomon is tough, SEC tough. Coaching in the SEC for the last 7 years, you know what you need out of your players. It is not like the PAC 10, where it is a more fineness' and skilled game. The SEC, you have to fight it out and gut wrench it until the horn. That is probably Solomon's biggest thing, his mental toughness. He will also make an impact for Ole Miss by shooting the ball. You simply can not coach shooting. I do not know, Rod thinks I am too hard on him, but that is just the way it is."

Rumor had it that Solomon was not coming to Ole Miss if you were still with the Rebels; is this true? "Oh yea, I would never coach my son. That is just too much pressure for the kids. I would never do that to him. If I would have been at Ole Miss, he would not be there. I felt like the whole time that he wanted to be at Ole Miss, so it made it an easy decision for me to leave there. And besides, I am coming back to my home state and living 20 minutes down from my folks. You can not get any better than that. The surprising thing is that he decided to leave Oxford and come to Magnolia. He had a chance to win a state championship had he stayed at Oxford, and he was very close to his teammates and Coach Drew. But, he said that family comes first, so we let him make that choice. We could not be anymore proud of our son right now. He truly is a great kid."

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