Gonzaga losing a player to Baylor. Seems wrong, right?
It is an oddity, but it's only happening because Demetri Goodson is giving up basketball in Washington to play football in Texas. We first told you about the Zags point guard switching career paths at the beginning of May, when he notified the program he'd be leaving.
According to Fox 26 in Houston, Goodson is set to don green and gold in his next iteration as a student-athlete.
“Just get my transcript from Gonzaga shipped over to Baylor,” Goodson told Fox 26. “I shipped it out yesterday (Saturday). Once they get all that stuff done, I’ll be there. It’s a great feeling."(I’m) excited. A bit nervous because I haven’t played (football) in a while. Once I go and start hitting the weights and learning their system, I’ll be alright."
Goodson has been away from the game, competitively, for six years. He was a starting cornerback through his sophomore season at Klein Collins High School, in Spring, Texas. He was recruited by a number of high-ranking SEC and Big 12 programs even after he gave up the game to focus on basketball in his latter two years of high school.
The move is intriguing because it's not as if Goodson was a non-factor for the Zags. As a point guard, he had a 19.8 assist rate last season, which is certainly decent, at least. He averaged 5.2 points and 2.6 assists per game. He was good enough and seeing enough playing time to warrant returning for his senior season, a senior year in which he probably would've started. But Goodson told Fox 26 he thinks he stands a better chance making money playing football.
After a six-year layoff? That's some supreme confidence.
“I could probably go overseas and make some money,” Goodson said. “But professionally football will be a better move for me just because of the number of basketball players who make it and the number of football players.
"That was basically why I did it.”Going from college hoops to the gridiron isn't unprecedented, of course. Tony Gonzalez (played both sports at Cal before his pro career in the NFL) and Antonio Gates (led Kent State to the '02 Elite Eight before his Hall-of-Fame career with the San Diego Chargers), as well as Greg Paulus, who put in grad-school time with Syracuse's football team, are just some of the examples.
There's also the confidence that comes with familiar familiarity. Goodson's older brother, Mike, is currently a running back for the Carolina Panthers and also played football in Texas -- at A&M.