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Goodson thriving at Baylor

When players have left Gonzaga's program over the years — and there have been plenty of them — 95 percent of the comments I hear are from Zags fans worried that the player will turn into a star elsewhere and come back to haunt GU.

That wasn't the case with Demetri Goodson. “Meech” left basketball, and opted to play football at Baylor. I caught up with Goodson last week and here's an article that ran in Tuesday's S-R. He's from a football family, older brother Mike is with the Raiders, a younger brother is just finishing up at Klein Collins High and is being recruiting by Big 12 schools, and a half-brother left Georgia and is finishing up as a safety at South Carolina State. Goodson, as always, was up front, saying he felt his best chance for future earnings was in football, not basketball.

—Ex-Zag Adam Morrison has another shot at making an NBA roster. He'll go to training camp with Portland.

—The Old Spice Classic comes in sixth in a ranking of 10 college hoop tournaments.

Report: Goodson joining Baylor football

Ex-Zag Demetri Goodson is transferring to Baylor to play football, according to a Houston television station report.

Goodson announced earlier this month he was bypassing his senior season at Gonzaga to pursue football. The TV station's report doesn't indicate if Goodson is receiving a scholarship. Here's a story link.

Read on below for a short article on Goodson that will run in Tuesday's S-R.

More on Goodson

Back with an expanded article on Demetri Goodson leaving Gonzaga basketball to pursue college football. The unedited version is in the extended tab below.

Touched base with head coach Mark Few on a couple other topics Tuesday night. He said Marquise Carter's wrist required time to heal and that he took it easy in spring conditioning and playing, but was able to hit the court last week. Carter hurt his wrist in the closing minutes of the NCAA win over St. John's. He played two days later against BYU, but was ineffective.

“It was more of a rest deal,” said Few, adding that in retrospect Carter's injury obviously impacted his play vs. BYU.

Asked about the 2011-12 schedule, Few confirmed Gonzaga likely won't be playing at a destination tournament or have a neutral-court game with a big-name opponent (other than Arizona in the Battle in Seattle). It's possible GU might hold some type of event at the MAC (outside of the RMHC Classic). Gonzaga's schedule is expected to include Xavier, Arizona, Notre Dame, WSU, Baylor, Michigan State and Illinois. 

Also, Rob Sacre and Steven Gray will graduate on Sunday.

Goodson leaving GU to play football

Just filed this for the S-R website…

By Jim Meehan

Staff writer

Gonzaga point guard Demetri Goodson, who started 68 of 69 games the last two seasons, is leaving the basketball program to play college football, Bulldogs coach Mark Few said Tuesday.

Goodson recently completed his junior season. Few said because GU doesn’t offer football, Goodson can transfer to another school and he will have two years of eligibility. Goodson is expected to return to his home state of Texas, possibly at Texas A&M, where his older brother Mike played running back, or Texas State, coached by Dennis Franchione, who was Mike’s coach at Texas A&M.

“I’m proud to be associated with him,” Few said. “He’s a tough kid, a great teammate and from a coaching standpoint, day in and day out at practice he gave everything he had and in games, too. That’s a great quality.

“He gave it a good run up here, but his heart is kind of set on this. I just want him to graduate, and he’s in great shape to do that and then he’ll be in great position for the rest of his life.”

Before Goodson verbally committed to Gonzaga in Oct. 2007, Arizona State offered him a football scholarship even though he hadn’t played the sport since his sophomore year at Klein Collins High in Spring, Texas.

Some Gonzaga notes

I’ve put together a few notes that will run on the S-R’s Four Corners college basketball page Thursday. You can read the unedited copy below.

Goodson next in GU point guard assembly line

It’s college basketball preview time. The S-R has already previewed Idaho, WSU and EWU, meaning Gonzaga’s up next. Some turn out to be team overviews, others zero in on a specific player.

I wrote about Demetri ‘Meech’ Goodson, the fiercely competitive point guard from Spring, Texas. Read on for my unedited article that will run in Friday’s S-R.

Also, here are some previews of GU’s WCC rivals: San Diego, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s and San Francisco. Haven’t been able to find previews of LMU, Pepperdine and Portland, but will post them when I do.


Goodson looks back, moves on

Media day today at Gonzaga and Demetri Goodson was interviewed by just about everybody at the McCarthey Athletic Center, not to mention another audience with scribes on a teleconference.

I filed this unedited notebook that is virtually all about Goodson with a brief update on Matt Bouldin’s knee at the end. Read more below.


Gonzaga improves to 10-0 in WCC

Back with an expanded game story. The unedited version is below. Check back tomorrow for a day-after post.


Game still on, more notes

Despite the record snowfall and GU canceling classes today, the Gonzaga-Texas Southern game is still on for 6 p.m. The Tigers arrived at 1:30 Wednesday morning, according to coach Tony Harvey, whom I met in the lobby of the MAC on Wednesday afternoon while many of his players gazed at the snow falling outside the windows.

Bunch of notes below.

Zags finally return home

My first post on the new Web site so hopefully this goes without a hitch. Media day earlier Wednesday and after snowmobiling home, I put together a notebook. The unedited version is below.

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