Demetri Goodson To Pursue Collegiate Football Career
Demetri Goodson plans to turn in his basketball sneakers for shoulder pads.
 
Demetri Goodson plans to turn in his basketball sneakers for shoulder pads.

May 3, 2011

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men's basketball guard Demetri Goodson is requesting his release to pursue a collegiate football career.

Goodson informed Gonzaga head coach Mark Few of his intentions Tuesday.

"I have decided to pursue football next year," said Goodson, who would have been a senior on next year's Bulldog basketball team. "I would like to thank my coaches and staff for the opportunity to play here. I also want to thank the city of Spokane and all of the Zags fans who have supported me over the years. It's been an awesome experience."

Few had nothing but praise for Goodson's contributions to the team.

"He wants to finish his NCAA eligibility playing football," Few said. "After having convinced us he would finish his degree then we were all in support of his decision. He has been a great teammate and I have the utmost respect for his toughness and he always played and practiced hard."

This past season he was one of only two players to start all 35 games, averaging 5.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.6 assists/game. He scored a season-high 20 points and handed out a career-high 6 assists on three occasions. He will probably be remembered most for his length-of-the-court floater against Western Kentucky University with 0.9 seconds remaining to give the Bulldogs an 83-81 NCAA Tournament Second-Round victory in 2009 in a game played in Portland, Ore.

Goodson could have up to two years of football eligibility remaining.

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