Friday, July 07, 2006

Bozeman To Play For Hawks This Summer Instead

By Bruin Basketball Report

UCLA Bruin Cedric Bozeman was expected to play in the Summer Pro League for the Los Angeles Lakers beginning this weekend in Long Beach; however, he'll be in Salt Lake City wearing a Hawks uniform instead.

The Atlanta Hawks have signed the 6'6 Bozeman to play on their summer league squad which will compete in the Rocky Mountain Revue from July 14-21 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Bozeman will be joined by NBA All-Rookie second team member Marvin Williams and fellow second-year Hawks Salim Stoudamire, as well as recent draftees Shelden Williams and Solomon Jones.

The former Mater Dei star and McDonald's All-American, Bozeman will be competing over the summer for a spot on the Hawks regular season roster.

Despite an injury plagued senior season at UCLA, which included a torn labrum, Bozeman still played in 31 of 39 games last season. He averaged 7.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while shooting 50% from the field including 40% on three-pointers.

But it is Bozeman's superb defensive skills and ability to handle the ball which may intrigue NBA teams.

During this last offseason, UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland has been busy on the telephone contacting NBA teams on behalf of Bozeman as well as for other NBA-bound Bruin players - and his efforts have apparently paid off.

Last week, Jordan Farmar was selected in the first-round by the Los Angeles Lakers and Ryan Hollins was picked by the Charlotte Hornets in the second-round. In addition, Bruin center Michael Fey found a spot on the Lakers' summer league team.



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