In the Locker Room: Jerome Goings
This week Moose Terry conversed with sophomore and up-and-coming basketball star, Jerome Goings. He started 16 games as a first-year and averaged 4.3 points per game. Goings, who has been sidelined with an injury, took time out of his busy volunteer schedule to talk about his excitement for the upcoming season, playing against Division I Yale and being a Bonner Scholar.
Moose Terry: Jerome, as a returning player, how do you feel about last season’s results?
Jerome Goings: I was a little disappointed. Last year we had such great team chemistry and a real solid work ethic. I was sure we would have better results. But we were a young team and a little undersized. I was a first-year and didn’t really know what to expect.
MT: What hopes do you have for this season?
JG: We have a really strong upper class as well as a promising first-year class. The guys have a little more experience and have a better understanding of what is going on. Most important has to be the team bonding. It has grown since last year and now we’re really like a family.
MT: Your coach, Isaiah Cavaco, has brought a lot of promise to the program after only one year. What do you think of Coach Cavaco’s success?
JG: He is a young coach and he recently played at Yale University. This gives him a real new understanding of the game. Also, he connects and communicates with the players well because he is a recent player himself. I think the best attributes Coach Cavaco has are his recruiting abilities and his organization. He has put the program on pace to be a serious contender in three to six years.
MT: What excites you about this upcoming season?
JG: We’re a new team and it’s like getting a present: You just don’t know what’s going to happen. I am stoked to see how the first-years do and how the team works together overall. Last year we doubled the wins from the year before, and I am excited to build off of the success. There’s also the Yale game.
MT: So it is true that the Oberlin College men’s basketball is going to play Yale University. How do you feel about playing against a top Ivy League team?
JG: We fly out and are spending a few days there. It’s a mid-season game and I truly believe we have a chance to perform well. The game will be a great test of how well we can perform on the court.
MT: As a student athlete what academic interests do you have?
JG: I like sociology a lot and think it can be a useful tool. I was originally going to be a biology major, but I changed my mind. I worked for the NBA over the season and felt as if the things I had learned in sociology helped me interact and understand people. I also want to keep my job options open.
MT: You have been involved in the local community through programs such as the Bonner Scholars. What do you do as a member of this program?
JG: Bonner Scholars is a community service program where I work about ten hours a week or 100 hours a semester. The program gives me a scholarship for participating in different community service activities like Main Street Oberlin.
MT: What is Main Street Oberlin and do you help the community through the program?
JG: If you go downtown you will see banners on all the light posts on Main St. The people who paint those are high school students here in Oberlin. Next year is the 150th anniversary of the Oberlin-Wellington rescue and the 175th anniversary of Oberlin College. They want to change the banners for the anniversary and I am helping Main Street Oberlin, the program that is in charge of the project. I am doing research on the African Americans who will be portrayed and giving information such as biographies to the high school artists.
MT: Another program you are a part of is the Ninde Scholars. Could you explain this group’s activity?
JG: I am tutoring high school students on how to apply to college. I help them with their applications, essays and with setting up interview times. It’s really good because they are only juniors and they have a lot of time to research and make the best decision.
MT: It is now time for this week’s “I can’t believe there was no question last week” question of the week. Jerome Goings, 16 starts, 4.
3 points per game and a sharp dresser, what do you prefer: hot dogs or Tacos?
JG: Tacos. It’s a west coast thing. Plus you don’t know what crap is in a hot dog. Tacos for sure — tacos with hot sauce. Spicy foods are good, that’s all I’ve got to say.
Interview by Moose Terry