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March 24, 2014

HE'S GOTT GAME

Georgetown's Matt Gott is the Daily News Boys Basketball Player of the Year

GEORGETOWN — Georgetown senior captain Matt Gott had a season for the ages, averaging 14.7 points and 5 rebounds per game to earn CAL All-League honors and lead his Georgetown team to a 16-6 record and its first postseason bid in three years.

But as much an impact as Gott made on the court, however, he made just as big an impact off it, especially after coach Mike Rowinski unexpectedly passed away at the age of 57 in the middle of the season, a tragedy that could have derailed the team’s season had it not been for the steadying influence of the team’s senior leaders.

“He was the team captain, he took it upon himself to commemorate Mike by organizing the team and getting the shooting shirts made with Mike’s name on the back,” said coach Barry Spears, who filled in for Rowinski after he initially fell ill before the season. “He’s an overall solid citizen and leader in every sense of the word.”

At 6-foot-2, Gott is a versatile player who can play small forward, power forward or center, depending on what the situation calls for. Spears said that given the team’s relative lack of bench strength, being able to move Gott around like that was invaluable.

Despite being somewhat undersized, Spears said Gott has an uncanny ability to beat taller players for rebounds on a consistent basis. In fact, most of Gott’s offensive production comes from grabbing offensive rebounds and scoring put-back baskets, which was a major shift from his style of play prior to this year.

“In years prior to this one, I was mainly a fast-break player. Due to my speed I liked to go in transition,” Gott said. “But this year I had to change to more of a post position, which was interesting but it worked.”

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