Catching Up With Bam Doyne

July 23, 2010

Ole Miss fans don't always get to follow their favorite Rebels once their college days are done, but there are many who go on to success after leaving Oxford. Some of the more challenging ones to track down can be the Ole Miss basketball alums who take their game overseas.

But here at OleMissSports.com, we recently caught up with one such former Rebel - Bam Doyne.

A starting guard on the 2007 SEC West Champion squad, Doyne has returned to Oxford for the summer to train in the new Basketball Practice Facility on campus. Doyne is coming off his third season in Hungary's professional league, where he led his team and ranked second in the entire league with 21.4 points per game in the 2009-10 season. He was named second-team All-Hungary for his efforts.

Here's a rundown of our conversation with the beloved former Rebel:

How do you like playing professional basketball overseas?

"I'm heading into my fourth year playing professionally overseas. Right now I'm waiting to sign my next contract. I've been in Hungary for three years with three different teams. The first year we won a championship. The second year I was hurt a little bit, so I had to come back for a third year and show that I was not hurt and prove to everyone that the injury wasn't serious and I could still play. Overall, I have enjoyed it."

What is living in Hungary like?

"It's way different (from the U.S.) in any way you can imagine. They have a totally different lifestyle. It's different food, different customs. It was a big adjustment for me, being a country boy from the South. I wasn't used to having to adapt to a different lifestyle and culture. The first month I was in Hungary, I didn't want to come out of my house at all. There was nobody else that looked like me. But once I came out of my shell, I like it over there and I like to be seen."

What do you do in the offseason?

"I come back home for the summer, usually two to three months. I stay in Little Rock for three or four weeks, but most of the summer I'm in Oxford. I'm always training and working on my game. I used to work out in the Tad, and I miss that a little. I got everything done in there. But I love the new facility."

What is it like training in the new Basketball Practice Facility?

"I love it. It has everything, and everything is nice, high quality. It's great all the way around, from the courts to the training room. It's just as good as the football facility, though obviously doesn't have to be as big. Everything is brand new, nice and state of the art."

What is the benefit of having this BPF?

"It's big (to have a facility like this). A lot of schools have it, and it's a big advantage. Kids want to go somewhere that has facilities like this. What do we have to show them? Now we have this BPF and it makes a big difference in recruiting. It's a big step for the program. And it's not only good for basketball, but it's good for the university as a whole to have top-notch facilities to show off."


 

 

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