Bam Tough

Dec. 14, 2004

By Vanessa Culliver,
Ole Miss Athletics Media Relations Student Intern

The close family atmosphere of the Ole Miss basketball team only adds to the players' love of the game.

"We're a tight-knit team," said Bam Doyne, a sophomore guard. "We're a lot closer than people recognize us to be. The coaching staff and the players have a great understanding of each other. I think that pretty much shows in our relationship."

Doyne played 24 games in his freshman season with the Rebels a year ago. After a tough start, the Little Rock native came into his own late in the year and averaged 18.3 minutes of playing time in the final four regular-season games. Doyne posted an average 3.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in those contests and truly experienced the sport he loves at the next level.

"I think basketball is one of the most exciting games," said Doyne. "It also doesn't get cold like in football. I am more of an indoor guy. I started playing as a kid but I really got into it later. It's a game that I became interested in because I like getting up and down the court. It's what won me to the sport."

Doyne was a three-year letterwinner at Mills University Studies High School in Little Rock. He was an Arkansas All-State performer three years in a row and was named Arkansas Gatorade Player or the Year in 2002.

Then it was time to decide on a college to continue his playing career. He chose a place that had a variety of attractions.

"Ole Miss is close to home and you know us country boys, we never want to go to far from home," Doyne said. "Plus, it was always a program I was interested in, since I was young. I used to watch them on television."

Playing in front of the home crowd is something that affects some athletes' ability to play effectively. Doyne sees it as just one of many aspects of the game he loves.

"The crowd doesn't bother me," Doyne said. "When you start playing, you have become focused, and not let distractions stop you from carrying out your assignment. I do like that my parents can come when we play at home." Doyne has been working hard to help his team show its potential. He wants to make the biggest impact in whatever capacity.

"I like to play against anybody, as long as I'm getting to play," Doyne said. "I want to contribute more in any way I can. I just want to be an overall better player. I like Coach (Rod) Barnes mentality. If he gives me an assignment, he understands how to get it done. He's a player's coach."

Doyne's efforts to be a better player are being noticed by the Rebel head man.

"Bam is still learning our system," Barnes said. "He's a very aggressive player that's playing both wing positions for us. Bam is becoming more consistent with his jump shot. He's a pretty decent ball handler but a really good defender. He just needs to continue to mature and get stronger.

"He is very good player, a very exciting player and one that I think will contribute more this season than he did last."

 

 

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