BURN THE HORSEUALR senior guard Solomon Bozeman has a chance to be named to the five-member first team All-Sun Belt Conference team. In fact, barring a complete collapse this week, leaving Bozeman off the first team would buck a trend in Sun Belt Conference history.
Top scorers in Sun Belt
games this season
1. Solomon Bozeman, UALR 18.6
2. Tristan Thompson, UNT 17.5
3. Sergio Kerusch, WKU 16.6
4. Steffphon Pettigrew, WKU 15.9
5. Vernon Taylor, Troy 15.4
Only one player in the past 14 seasons has led the Sun Belt in scoring during conference games and been left off of first team all-conference. That came in the 2008-2009 season when Florida Atlantic's Paul Graham III led the league but was named to the second team.
Bozeman should probably also get some player of the year consideration, however, the trend doesn't favor him on this one. In the past 14 seasons, the player leading the Sun Belt in scoring in conference games has been named the player of the year only twice. Last year, Louisiana-Lafayette's Tyren Johnson won it and in 2004-2005 New Orleans' Bo McCalebb was the winner.
For Bozeman to land on the first team, UALR probably needs to finish strong. Three losses to close the season and potentially a fifth-place finish in the division would make it easy to drop him. Three victories this week and a second place finish would get him into the POY conversation.
The last UALR player to earn first team all-conference was Shane Edwards.