Monday, November 17, 2014

GW Men's Hoops Signs Collin Goss, Jordan Roland to Early NLIs

Collin Goss and Jordan Roland (r) are headed to GW

From our friends at GW Athletics...

Coach Lonergan Adds to More Local, New York Talent to Colonials' Roster

GW men's basketball Coach Mike Lonergan has signed a local D.C. Metro area product and a New York State Player of the Year to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period, the fourth-year head coach announced.

Collin Goss, a 6-foot-10 forward at St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, and Jordan Roland, a 6-foot-1 guard at Westhill High School in Syracuse, New York, have signed to join the Colonials in 2015-16.

"We are very excited to have Collin and Jordan joining the GW Basketball Family," said Coach Lonergan. "These two student-athletes will be great additions to our program."

6-foot-10, 215 lb.
Manassas, Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School/Mid-Atlantic Select

Goss earned Second Team All-Interstate Athletic Conference honors after averaging 9.8 points and recording three double-doubles for a St. Stephen's & St. Agnes team that finished 18-8 overall and 8-2 in IAC play as a junior in 2013-14. During his sophomore season in 2012-13, Goss was a Second Team All-Cardinal District selection at Forest Park High School.

He participated in the 2014 Reebok Top 100 Breakout Classic camp and had picked up interest from the likes of Boston College, Virginia Tech and Tennessee before committing to GW in May 2014. Goss is the eighth D.C. Metro area recruit to sign with GW since Coach Lonergan's arrival prior to the 2011-12 season.

He will be the fourth Goss sibling to compete in NCAA Division I and second to attend GW. His older sister Rachael is a 2014 GW graduate and was a four-year letter winner for the Colonials' volleyball program, while two other older sisters, Kellie and Katie, played volleyball at Ole Miss and Duquesne, respectively.

"Collin is a very skilled post player who has great potential because of his versatility," said Coach Lonergan.

6-foot-1, 160 lb.
Syracuse, N.Y./Westhill High School/Syracuse Select

Roland is the reigning New York State Class B Player of the Year after he averaged 23.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.6 steals to lead Westhill High School to a perfect 27-0 record and New York's public school and Federation state titles as a junior in 2013-14.

He was named the All-Central New York Player of the Year by his hometown and The Post-Standard while leading the Warriors to a Section III Class B crown. Roland then cemented his selection as New York State's Player of the Year by averaging 28 points in the playoffs, highlighted by a 41-point outburst (32 in the first half) in a 35-point victory in the Class B state public-school title game. He then added 25 and 31 points in two games to send the Warriors to the state Federation crown.

Roland, who averaged 22.5 points as a sophomore and has 1,310 points in three seasons with the Warriors, also competes for the track and field team at Westhill and comes from an athletic family as well as his father Rahsaah was a guard at Mercyhurst College and the Lakers' Senior Student-Athlete of the Year in 1996.

He is currently the No. 9 rated recruit in New York state, No. 59 point guard in the nation, and No. 70 recruit in the East region according to

Roland will join fellow Syracuse native and Central New York scholastic star Tyler Cavanaugh, who attended nearby Jamesville-DeWitt High, on the Colonials' roster in 2015-16.

"Jordan can score in numerous ways and can play both guard positions," said Coach Lonergan. "He is a proven winner and has shown tremendous leadership ability."