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USF guard Bozeman to transfer

TOP COACH: Drake’s Keno Davis is named the coach of the year.

Associated Press

TOP COACH: Drake’s Keno Davis is named the coach of the year.

TAMPA — USF men's coach Stan Heath has two more scholarships available for next month's spring signing period, as sophomore guard Solomon Bozeman has decided to transfer and junior college guard Lasha Parghalava will not come to USF as once planned.

Bozeman, who started 24 games as a freshman under Robert McCullum, saw his role and minutes diminish this season, with his scoring down from 9.6 to 5.2.

"It really just wasn't a good fit. By transferring, I'll get another year of school, a year to get bigger and stronger," Bozeman said.

Parghalava's decision had been anticipated since the Bulls added guard Mike Mercer, a midyear transfer from Georgia.

In other news, the Bulls will play in the San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico on Dec. 20-22. Potential opponents include George Mason, Oral Roberts, Florida Atlantic and Murray State.

DRAKE COACH HONORED: Drake first-year coach Keno Davis, whose team will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 37 years when it plays Western Kentucky on Friday at the St. Pete Times Forum, was selected as the Henry Iba Coach of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

ARKANSAS: Leading scorer Sonny Weems injured his knee at practice but is expected to play Friday against Indiana.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff: Coach Van Holt resigned after six seasons, going 50-124 overall and 35-73 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

ARKANSAS STATE: Former LSU coach John Brady has emerged as a strong candidate with the school scheduling a coaching announcement this morning.

CLEMSON: Coach Oliver Purnell agreed to a two-year extension that could keep him with the Tigers through 2014.

Idaho: Coach George Pfeifer, 12-48 in two seasons, was fired.

SAN DIEGO: Coach Bill Grier has agreed to a contract extension. Terms were not announced.

UCLA: Kevin Love (strained lower back) returned to practice and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (sprained left ankle) did some light shooting, but it's not clear if he can play Thursday against Mississippi Valley State.

Women: Fowles beats out Parker for honor

ATLANTA — LSU center Sylvia Fowles was named player of the year on the All-SEC team, beating out 2007 winner Candace Parker of Tennessee.

Other All-SEC picks: Parker, Georgia's Tasha Humphrey, LSU's Quianna Chaney and Auburn's DeWanna Bonner.

LSU's Van Chancellor was coach of the year.

Times staff writers Greg Auman and Brian Landman contributed to this report, which used information from Times wires.

USF guard Bozeman to transfer 03/18/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:43am]
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