Northern Arizona Head Coach Jack Murphy has signed six new players to join his first squad this fall. They have spent the summer in Flagstaff attending school and participating in new NCAA allowed summer workouts. Meet the Lumberjack newcomers to take the court this fall in the third of a series of six profiles. Today: Bryce Gosar.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Freshman Bryce Gosar has been hearing about Northern Arizona University his whole life. He follows a family legacy by attending the school when he joined the program this summer.
Gosar has been settling in on campus all summer, attending two sessions of school and practicing with his new teammates.
"The first week was kinda tough getting use to the college life and classes," said Gosar, who had a 3.6 grade point average and ranked among the top 20 percent in his high school class. "We have got to know the guys on the team and it has been a lot of fun."
Gosar was a standout at Sunnyslope High School, where he averaged 21.6 points per games last season in helping the Vikings to a 21-8 record. He was named to the 2012 All-Arizona Division II second team as selected by The Arizona Republic and was a unanimous selection as Glendale Union High School District Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.
But he had not found a school to continue his basketball career and jumped at the news Murphy had been hired at NAU.
"I was kinda under recruited in high school," said Gosar. "When I found out Coach Murphy had been hired at NAU, I contacted him. He said he would watch me at a tournament. He saw me play and offered a walk-on spot and I took it. My parents went to school here and I always wanted to come here."
Murphy made a quick impression, selling Gosar on NAU and showcasing his coaching style early in the workouts.
"He is really into it and gets in the drills with us," said Gosar. "He is very vocal with the drills and that is the best thing about him. He will tell you if you are doing something wrong and if you are doing something right. That is my favorite part about it."
Murphy has seen big improvement in Gosar during the eight weeks of workouts this summer.
"Bryce is night and day from day one," said Murphy. :He has really has improved a lot and his confidence, decision-making and strength has got better. He has worked hard. He is someone we are going to look to push out guys every single day. Bryce has done a good job for us."
Gosar hopes to make an impact with his new team.
"I get people involved and shooting is my strength," said Gosar, who scored 44 points in a high school game. "I play fast. Sometimes it is a bad thing but I get a lot of people involved. When I am on the court, something good happens."
GET TO KNOW BRYCE GOSAR
Born: October 13, 1993
What's on TV: ESPN, Teen Wolf
In my IPod: Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean
What I Drive: Saturn Vue
Favorite Flicks: Beverly Hills Cop
What I'm Reading: Hunger Games series
Bookmarks: Facebook, Twitter
Superstitions: Eat Wendy's before every game
Worst habit: Bite my fingernails
Love to trade places for a day with: Jimmer Fredette
Favorite City to Visit: New York City
Favorite Team as a Kid: Phoenix Suns
Favorite athlete to watch in another sport: Cristano Renaldo
Favorite Value in Yourself: My Humor
For Dinner: Chicken Alfredo
Talent I'd most like to have: To Sing
Dream Date: Selena Gomez
My greatest love: My Family
My hero: Steve Nash
My bucket list: Win the Big Sky
My motto: Live with no regrets