Bo Gooch of Belle Plaine High School, located outside of Wichita, has been one of the top small school basketball players in the state of Kansas since his sophomore year.
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound senior has racked up quite the list of accomplishments in his career. He’s a 1,000 points scorer, reaching that mark last season as a junior and has averaged in double figures all four years of high school Gooch averaged 12 points per game as a freshman, 20 points per game as a sophomore and 18 points per game as a junior last season. He’s earned all-state honors in each of the last two seasons from Sports in Kansas.
Gooch also had a solid year in football as a senior in which he threw for 1,895 yards with 18 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 266 more with three scores, earning all-state honorable mention honors. He helped Belle Plaine to a four win season, which hasn't been common for the schools program that has struggled over time.
Belle Plaine has also seen a lot of basketball team success as they finished 18-5 one year ago and as a sophomore Gooch helped lead them to a 3A state runner-up finish with a 16-10 record, coming out of nowhere to get a first round upset over Galena, 63-62. They would eventually fall to state champion Marysville in the semifinals and Southeast of Saline in the third place game.
Gooch has had multiple opportunities to play basketball at the junior college and NAIA level but currently thinks that he may not play at the next level. He has a perfect 4.0 GPA as a student and his favorite subject is Physics. His plan is to eventually work as a Cyber Security Analyst in the future unless he starts his own business.
Currently the Dragons, led by head coach Josh Corbett, are off to a 9-1 mark in 2018-2019. They are in the Chaparral Tournament this week where they will face Mulvane in the opening round.
Belle Plaine, who plays in Class 3A, is currently 9-1. They are also ranked #3 in the latest Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Poll (KBCA). We caught up with the senior standout below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
Q&A w/ Gooch
How did you get involved in basketball?
Been playing ever since I was little.
What are your goals this season?
My goal this season is to help my team win as many games as possible.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
We have the talent to make some noise at the end of the year.
What makes you such a force as a player?
My shooting ability and decision making.
What’s the atmosphere like to play basketball for your school and town?
Our gym is usually packed and close games get loud.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
We play fast and put up a lot of points.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
Strengths- Ball handling, Shooting, Passing. weaknesses- Post defense
Who are other key players on your team?
Our whole starting five has the ability to go get 20 any given game
Favorite thing about basketball?
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I've played football for 3 years. I've played Quarterback, Receiver, and Running back
What is it like to play for your coach?
Fun. he opens up the offense and just lets us play
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We played in a couple of tournaments together and did some shooting practice.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I've received from multiple NAIA schools and a couple of JUCOs but I don't plan on playing basketball in college.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Hanging out with friends and playing Xbox
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I see myself working as a Cyber Security analyst or starting my own business
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
My favorite subject in school is physics. I'm a 4.0 student.
Who is your role model?
My role models are my 3 older brothers
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I'm a huge Marvel fan