After a strong summer with Team Takeover’s Elite Youth Basketball League travel team, St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes forward Collin Goss picked up an offer from George Washington. The coaches liked the 6-foot-10 player’s stroke from outside the paint and his ability to alter shots with his length inside.
But even before the Colonials offered Goss, he had spent considerable time on their Northwest Washington campus because his sister Rachael Goss, a three-time honorable mention All-Met from Forest Park, is a senior who was an outside hitter on George Washington’s volleyball team.
Saturday, Goss gave his oral commitment to play both basketball and baseball at GW. He was receiving interest from Boston College, Virginia Tech and Tennessee, but only the Colonials offered him the opportunity to play both sports on the next level.
“I really liked the fact that Coach [Gregg] Ritchie and Coach [Mike] Lonergan have a similar coaching style in being very intense and getting every bit of potential out of their players,” Goss said.
Although the basketball program offered him the scholarship, his imposing size on the mound also attracted the attention of the baseball coaches. His fastball was clocked at 88 mph last summer while he played with the DeMarini Stars, and he mixes in a slider, change-up and cutter on a downward angle that batters will rarely see.
“Obviously basketball will cut into baseball season, but being a pitcher helps me a lot,” Goss said. “Baseball season starts very early on, and I won’t be coming out until March.”
In the fall of 2015, he will join a Colonials basketball program that finished 24-9 and lost to Memphis in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The team had the second-best single-season win total in school history. The baseball team is currently 15-29 has six regular season games left.
With his commitment behind him, Goss said he will focus on improving his game after averaging 9.8 points for the 18-8 Saints. He posted three double-doubles.
“I’m most comfortable on the perimeter, so I definitely have to add some strength,” Goss said. “I need to be ready for posting up at the next level.”