KINGSLEY — Spring Arbor was the start and end of Autumn Goggin’s recruiting experience.
The two-time honorable-mention all-state selection made her first visit to the school near Jackson. She visited other schools along the way, but her search came right back around to where it started.
The Kingsley basketball star signed a national letter-of-intent Wednesday with the Cougars.
“It was the first college I went to,” Goggin said. “I wasn’t really sure at first. When I visited, I really, really liked it. Then I visited a few other schools. I felt comfortable there. It was at the very end of the decision-making that I decided I wanted to go there.”
The small, liberal arts college with just under 3,000 students was just what Goggin was searching for.
“I wanted to go to a smaller, Christian college,” Goggin said. “I took a day and went through the campus and went to a chapel service. I just liked it and could see myself going there. I felt like I would fit in.”
After scrimmaging with the team last weekend, head coach Ryan Frost offered Goggin a scholarship and spot on the team.
“I’ve always wanted to play college basketball,” Goggin said. “So to have the opportunity to do it, on a scholarship, at a place I like, is really exciting. Just having the opportunity to keep playing basketball after high school is exciting.”
Goggin will transition to playing shooting guard instead of at the point in college, something she says shouldn’t be too hard.
Last season for Kingsley, she averaged 19 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 3.4 steals per game. A four-year varsity player, she closed out her Stags playing career with 1,013 points and a 70-16 record, including a 42-game Northwest Conference winning streak spanning three seasons. She was unanimous first team all-Northwest Conference as a junior and senior.