Will Bogan ready to be a Rebel

The 6' 1", 170 pound point guard out of Idaho brings many things to the table, but one thing stands out over than the rest.

"He is a point guard who can play off the ball as well because of his ability to creat space off of the dribble and his ability to shoot coming off of screens," added Coach Chatterton, Vallivue High's head basketball coach. "I do not know if it is a fair comparison, bu the plays like Steve Nash. He makes everyone else around him better. He has good instincts. Will is very difficult to guard. He can create his own shot and is very/very talented on the offensive end."

What will his star point guard need to work on for the SEC level?

"Ability wise, I think he is ready. Maturation, he needs to develop more physically. But his ability as a basketball player; he is ready to do that right now."

Is Bogan the best player that Coach Chatterton has coached?

"Yea, we have had some players play D1 ball for us, but he is the most talented player I have coached."

Why would someone from Idaho choose to take his talents to Ole Miss?

"I just think he felt really good about their staff. He felt comfortable with their coaches and style of play. He really loved the overall atmosphere of the campus when he came on his official visit down there. And the level of play is second to none. He loves the SEC conference."

How would Will describe his own game?

"I would say I am more of a combo guard who can handle the ball, bring the ball up the floor, but I can shoot also and pass the ball down and can penatrate," added Will Bogan.

What will Bogan need to work on?

"I think I need to work on, for one, getting bigger overall and strength wise. The SEC is full of strong athletes. I am always working on my shot, and I also think I can improve on my confidence."

When did Ole Miss first come into contact with Will?

"Coach Owen Miller was actually the first coach to contact me. He gave me a call following the Vegas tournament (Adidas Super 64 Tournament). He told me that he had seen me play in Vegas, in particular that game that I went up against the guard from Evansville (IN), and a few other games. They offered me a scholarship right then and there. They were my first scholarship offer."

It is a good thing that the Rebels got a commitment from Will or he could have been Stanford bound.

"They had also come down to watch me play in Vegas and quite a few more games. Coach Trent Johnson called me and talked to my high school coach. He told me that they did not have an offer at the current moment, but that one of the Lopez twins was probably going in the draft after the season. He told me that if he did go in the draft, I would have that scholarship and I could sign in the late signing period. But it was a no-win situation compared to Ole Miss'. I could have taken the chance and stayed closer to home and played for a great program, but I just felt at home at Ole Miss. There is just something about it down there that is hard to explain. Ole Miss is different than any place I have ever been."

What is Will going to bring to the table for Ole Miss?

"They can expect, number one, just a good overall guy who does not get in trouble and does well in school and on the court. I am a dedicated person who is ready to work and get better and hopefully have an impact on their team as soon as possible. I want to make an impact as soon as I get there and that is my mindset."

Will averaged 15.4 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, and 3 rebounds per game as a junior and was named his Conference's Player of the Year. Also shot 42% from 3 point land and 86% from the free throw line.

Individual accomplishments
Selected to BEST OF THE BEST All Star Team at HS Boy’s Double Pump West Coast All Star Camp #1
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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