Sunday, February 19, 2006

Bozeman In Position To Succeed

For much of Cedric Bozeman's UCLA career, he appeared to represent what was wrong within the program.

He couldn't make the open shot. He couldn't run a half-court offense, or find the open guy all the time. As the program crumbled after his freshman season, he was a central figure in the blame game.

But it might have been the program wronged Bozeman. As his UCLA career winds down and the Bruins are again on the national radar, Bozeman is being praised for being the non-statistical glue holding the team together during this injury-riddled, yet promising, season.

Furthermore, Bozeman is doing it while shedding another label - that of being soft - by playing with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. That comes after he missed last season because of reconstructive right knee surgery.

But how did Bozeman's transform his game after missing last season?

Arizona coach Lute Olson, who recruited Bozeman hard out of Mater Dei of Santa Ana, said Bozeman, a point guard in his first three seasons at UCLA, is finally playing where he belongs - on the wing. L.A. Daily News



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