A month from now, yet another face may be cemented in the highlight reels of NCAA Tournament lore.
College of Charleston’s (22-8,14-3) all-time leading scorer Andrew Goudelock has been turning heads around the nation with his best season yet. The senior from Lilburn, Georgia is ranked fifth in the nation in scoring (23.4 points per game) and was as high as second a couple weeks ago. Additionally, he averages 4.7 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game.
“It feels good,” the former Stone Mountain High School player said of the publicity he’s garnered this season. “When you work hard and people actually see [what you’ve done] it’s good.”
Goudelock came to Charleston, one of two schools (Kennesaw St) that recruited him, to play for Bobby Cremins, the legendary former Georgie Tech head coach who has built a Southern Conference contender at Charleston. Cremins is 109-57 as coach of the Cougars and 563-364 overall (including his first stint at Appalachian St. before moving on to Ga. Tech).
“Him knowing everybody and having his experience made it a no brainer for me and my family’s decision to come here.”
Other teams have become aware of how good he is. Conference teams have over the past couple seasons begun to run double teams and schemes specially designed to slow him down. Goudelock is used to this type of respect from opponents, especially from players in what he feels is the underrated conference the Cougars play in.
“People don’t really understand how good teams are in the Southern Conference,” he said.
This can be evidenced by the team’s 85-70 upset loss at Appalachian St. Thursday night. Despite the loss, Goudelock continued his amazing play this season with 23 points, 5 assists and 2 rebounds.
His dazzling, unselfish style of play has garnered admiration from people outside of the conference such as Vermont head coach Mike Lonergan, whose Catamounts lost in Charleston last weekend by the same exact score in a Bracket Buster game where Goudelock had 17 points and 6 assists at halftime alone and finished with 24 points, 7 assists and 4 rebounds.
“Yeah, I thought he was very, very good,” Lonergan said. “I knew he would be a terrific scorer but I thought he did a really good job setting up his teammates-he’s very unselfish.”
And that’s ideal that Goudelock seems to be most proud of. He enjoys getting noticed for his scoring prowess but knows that it’s important for all of his peers to join in on the action.
“If we were losing and I was scoring it wouldn’t mean anything,” he said. “If we’re winning, I’m doing well and the whole team is doing well, then its fun.”
Although there’s plenty of work left to do, just as any player in a non-major conference, it is Andrew’s dream to play in the NCAA Tournament and create his own legacy.
Having watched players such as Stephen Curry do what they have done, it would be a dream come true of his to do something similar.
“That’s been my goal since I got here,” he said when asked about possibly reaching the Tournament. “My family–everybody, we all dream about that.”
“It’s gonna be fun to tell you the truth if it does happen.”