West Stokes’ star basketball player Reid Goodson recently decided to sign a letter-of-intent to play basketball with Davidson Community College.
Goodson said that he visited DCC and liked the campus and the college’s good basketball program. He said that after he toured the school, he thought he would like to go there. Then Goodson got the news that DCC wanted him to come play basketball for them.
“I was very excited,” he said.
DCC’s basketball coach Matt Ridge said that Goodson caught his attention as a player because he is a “warrior” that just has a drive to “compete” on the court. Ridge said that he only expects Goodson to get better in the years to come.
“I think his best basketball is still ahead of him,” Ridge said.
Goodson has been a staple of the Wildcats’ varsity basketball team for the past four seasons and even helped the team win the Frank Spencer Tournament and nearly grabbed a championship title in 2011.
This past season, Goodson averaged 14 points a game and had a 65 percent success rate on the charity stripe. Goodson was part of the Wildcats’ offensive trifecta, which also included Josh Spainhour and Alston Furr. As good friends and teammates, the three had a synergy on the court that was almost palpable. Spainhour and Furr have signed to play basketball with Guilford College.
Goodson said that he has learned a lot from the the coaching staff at West Stokes, especially Coach Dan Spainhour, who in recent years has cultivated a successful basketball program that it now widely recognized, not only across the conference, but also the region and the state. Simply put, Coach Spainhour and his staff gave Goodson the tools to succeed on the court.
“I don’t think I’d be playing college ball without the things the coaches taught me here,” Goodson said. “They gave me the fundamentals.”
Goodson said that Spainhour taught him “life lessons,” like how to be determined and never give up.
Coach Spainhour said that Goodson put in a lot of effort to help the school’s basketball program succeed.
“Our program meant a lot to him,” Spainhour said. “I loved having the opportunity to coach Reid.”
Reid’s father, Kirk Goodson, said that watching his son grow up and develop as a player has been very “rewarding.” When Reid entered high school, he was still a boy, and now at 6’5” he is clearly a young man.
“Four years flies by,” Kirk said.
Leann Goodson, Reid’s mother, said that she was very proud of her son. She said that getting to play college ball is a “great privilege” and that she is confident that Reid will make the most of the experience.
“It’s time to grow up and do some things for myself,” Reid said.
Coach Ridge said that he is certain that Reid will have a successful career at DCC.
“He’s going to make the right choices on and off the court,” Ridge said.