Gossett knows ODC perfect place for him

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 12, 2003

CHESAPEAKE - Aaron Gossett knows where he's going to play, he just doesn't know what.

Gossett had little trouble deciding to play for Ohio Dominican College. But the Chesapeake Panthers 6-foot-4 senior basketball star doesn't know what position he'll play at the college level.

After talking with several colleges including Rio Grande, Gossett decided on ODC.

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"I made up my mind from the beginning Ohio Dominican was the right place. They had two young coaches who are very enthusiastic, it's a great location and it's a chance to play," Gossett said.

With the college choice in hand and the letter-of-intent signed, now comes the job of finding a position to play.

"They don't have anyone who fits my mold. I have some height and I can handle the ball. (Coach Dan Priest) can experiment with me," Gossett said.

Ohio Dominican head coach Dan Priest wasn't sure what position Gossett would play, he was just glad to have him on the team.

"We're not recruiting him for a position, we're recruiting him as a player," Priest said. "He can rebound for us and he can defend and he can handle the ball for us."

Chesapeake head coach Norm Persin said Gossett played point guard as a freshman, point and two guard as a sophomore, small forward as a junior, and both power forward and post his senior season. Regardless, Persin said Priest will find a place for him.

"Aaron's got to extend his game. He has to work on his shot, but he knows that," Persin said. "Defensively, they love him. He's as good a defensive player as anyone I've seen or coached."

Gossett said he is aware of his shortcomings, but has already begun working to improve his game. He said his playing time in college will depend on how quickly his game progresses.

"I'm going to have to improve my outside shooting, number one, and I have to get in the weight room. Those are my two main concerns if I'm going to play at the college level," Gossett said.

"I don't have any timetable set up to when I want to play or when I have to play. I'll play when they feel I'm ready. I don't know what kind of competition I'm going to face," Gossett said.

Gossett averaged 12.0 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.1 steals, and shot 58 percent from the floor. He was first team all-district on the Associated Press and Coaches District 13 teams, and was named to the AP All-Ohio second team.

Gossett was a two-time All-Ohio Valley Conference first team selection. He helped the Panthers win four straight OVC titles and advance to the regional tournament three times.

The Panthers finished 22-2 this past season.

Gossett scored in seven points in the North/South All-Star Game, and he had seven more points in the Ohio/Kentucky All-Star Game held at Thomas More College.

"I played well in the Ohio-Kentucky game. The competition was outstanding," Gossett said.

Aaron is the son of Wes and Cristi Gossett of Coal Grove.