Ole Miss adds star PG out of Idaho

Will Bogan (PG, Caldwell, Idaho) - The Rebels added their fourth and final piece to their early signing period puzzle when the 6' 1", 170 point guard out of Vallivue High committed to the University of Mississippi.

"Will committed to Coaches Kennedy and White last night," added Will's father, Bill Bogan. "After we learned more about Ole Miss, Coach Kennedy was the number one draw because of his coaching style and the way he runs his program. The next thing we looked at was the SEC. It is a strong basketball conference. That was appealing also, but primarily it was Coach Kennedy and the program he has put together."

How did Ole Miss find out about a player as far away as Idaho?

"Coaches Kennedy and Miller saw him play in a game against an Evansville (IN) team in July in the Adidas Super 64 Tournament in Las Vegas. The head coaches from Duke, Louisville, Indiana, Ole Miss, Michigan, North Carolina were all there to see this kid from Evansville play. Will had a typical game, but nobody knew anything about Will, so they were kind of taken back. I think he scored 18 in the game. They thought he had great game, but it was typical for him. That is how it all started."

The Bogan family got a chance to finally see the Ole Miss campus when the Rebels played the Gators in football two weekends back. They came away impressed.

"We came on the visit, and we liked the staff overall. It was the first chance for us to meet their guards coach, Michael White. Coach White is just the type of coach I want my boy playing for. What a class guy. We already had met Coaches Kennedy and Miller in person, as they came to our house the Thursday before we went on our visit to Ole Miss. But the whole coaching staff is just great. We really feel comfortable sending our boy to them. We know they are going to take care of Will and make sure he stays up on his studies. The new Fed Ex academic center really impressed Will's mother and myself. They have a great tutoring program over there and top notch academic facilities. The business school is new and strong. That is what Will is going to major in. And this is not necessarily in order, but Will really likes the players at Ole Miss. He got to hang out with them and play in some pick up games and just felt liked they clicked. I think Will knew in his mind that Ole Miss was his dream school by the time he left from his visit."

Will's game has been compared to another Ole Miss point guard, Todd Abernethy. But what are you going to get out of this Idaho Flite AAU member is a point guard who is quicker and can play off the ball as well because of his ability to create space off the dribble, while also having the ability to shoot coming off screens and has great lift on his jump shots.

Does anyone want a "rich man's" Todd Abernethy?

Individual accomplishments
Selected to BEST OF THE BEST All Star Team at HS Boy’s Double Pump West Coast All Star Camp #1 CSU Dominguez Hills – July, 2007
MVP Idaho Summer Shootout Tounament – June, 2007
1st Team All-state (2006-07)
Conference Player of the Year (2006-07)
Team Co-Captain (2006-07)
Team MVP (2006-07)
Varsity starter (Frosh, Soph, Jr)
National Honor Society

Overall conference standing (Idaho 5A SIC–large schools, 2006-07 season)
1st in ball handling composite (AST+STL-TO = 5.1)
1st in assists (total and PG)
1st in FT%
1st in steals (total); 2nd in steals (PG)
2nd in 3-Pt%
4th in scoring
Recorded 7th-best season for ball handling composite over past 24 years in 5A SIC conference (all games)
Recorded 9th-best season for assists over past 24 years in 5A SIC conference (all games)

Team accomplishments
5A State Consolation Champions (2006-07; 19–5 overall record)

Strengths as a player
Vision, basketball IQ, can breakdown a defense off the dribble and find the open man or score, can take over game when needed

To get a glimpse of Bogan's midrange game, click here and to watch him from three point land, click here.

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