Phil Goss

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Phil Goss
Phil Goss cropped.jpg
Goss with Varese in 2010
No. 55 – New Basket Brindisi
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Serie A
Personal information
Born (1983-04-07) April 7, 1983 (age 34)
Temple Hills, Maryland
Nationality American
Listed height 188 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Listed weight 85 kg (187 lb)
Career information
High school Oxon Hill
(Oxon Hill, Maryland)
College Drexel (2001–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Undrafted
Playing career 2005–present
Career history
2005–2006 Polynorm Giants
2006–2007 Beykozspor
2007–2008 Eldan Ashkelon
2008 AZS Koszalin
2008–2009 Coopsette Rimini Crabs
2009–2010 Bialetti Scafati
2010–2011 Cimberio Varese
2011–2012 ASVEL
2012 Cimberio Varese
2012–2014 Acea Virtus Roma
2014–2016 Umana Reyer Venezia
2016–present Basket Brindisi
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-CAA (2005)
  • First-team All-CAA (2004)
  • CAA All-Rookie team (2002)

Philip Alexander "Phil" Goss (born April 7, 1983) is an American professional basketball player for Umana Reyer Venezia of the Italian Serie A, playing as a point guard.

High school career[edit]

Goss played for local Oxon Hill High School, winning the Class 4A Maryland championship in 2000,[1] and being named All-Met Second Team by The Washington Post in 2001.[2]

College career[edit]

He committed to Drexel college, playing in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) of the NCAA Division I, prior to the nomination of coach Bruiser Flint in April 2001.[3]

He started 27 of 28 games he played as a freshman, averaging 11.4 points, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals in nearly 30 minutes per game,[4] leading to a selection to the 2002 CAA All-Rookie team.

In 2002-03, his school record 90 three pointers - later beaten by teammate Dominick Mejia -[5] combined with a 11.5 scoring average helped Drexel reach the 2003 CAA tournament final, that they would lose 62-70 to UNC Wilmington.

They again lost to UNCW in 2003-04, this time in the quarterfinals, Goss' 13.6 points, 2.4 assists and 2.1 steals, in around 32 minutes per game,[4] helped obtain a place in the 2004 All-CAA First-team.

Goss led the Dragons in scoring with 14.4ppg in 2004-05, however his 18 points in the CAA Tournament quarterfinal against Hofstra could not stop Drexel from losing, meaning a distraught Goss never played in the NCAA tournament.[6] He was selected to the All-CAA Second Team.

Drexel's opening round loss in the 2005 National Invitation Tournament - their third consecutive appearance in the NIT - was his last collegiate game. As of 2014-15, he is 12th on the Drexel all-time career scoring list (1,473 points), second for career 3-pt field goals (306) and fourth for career steals (166).[5]

Professional career[edit]

Going undrafted in the 2005 NBA draft, Goss moved to the Netherlands, signing with the Polynorm Giants of the Dutch Basketball League, the first offer he received.[7] In the 2005-06 season he averaged 9.4 points, 3,4 assists and 3,1 steals in more than 35 minutes per game, also playing in the league All-Star Game.[8]

The next season, he signed with Beykozspor of the more competitive Turkish Basketball League. Playing for the lower table team, he managed 13.9 points, 4 assists (10th best in the league) and 4 rebounds per game in 2006-07.[9]

Goss next moved to the Israeli Basketball Premier League, signing with Eldan Ashkelon. After breaking his nose in the first regular season game he found it hard to fit into the team, disagreements with the organisation meant he left in February 2008.[7][8] Finishing the season in the Polish Basketball League with AZS Koszalin, he played 16 out of 18 games as starter, contributing 12 points per game as the team made the playoffs.[7][10]

In 2008, the American moved to Italian second division side Coopsette Rimini Crabs.[10] Playing in what he described as the "best league he'd played in", Goss flourished, becoming one of the league's best players.[11] He finished the season with 17,6 points, 3,4 rebounds, 2,9 assists and 3,8 steals per game, he was the fourteenth best in the league in scoring and first in steals during the regular season.[12]

In August 2009, Goss moved to another second division side, Bialetti Scafati.[12] He had a good season there, contributing a league second-best 21.2 points per game (off an unrivaled 44.9% on three), adding 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 assists in nearly 36 minutes per game over the regular season, he posted slightly lower but still good figures in the playoffs though Scafati lost at the quarterfinal stage.[13]

Goss next moved up to the Italian first division Serie A, signing with Cimberio Varese for the 2010-11 season.[14] He finished his first top flight season with 14.8 points, 3 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 33 games.[15]

The next summer, in August 2011, he moved to the French Pro A, joining ASVEL.[15] Despite a good start, scoring 25 points in the Euroleague qualifier against Gravelines,[16] Goss soon came into conflict with coach Pierre Vincent, who pulled him out of a game after 3 minutes citing lack of collective discipline.[17] After averaging 9.1 points and 2.5 assists in 23 minutes per game in the league,[18] with 8.9 and 2.3 in the same amount of time through the European second tier Eurocup,[19] Goss parted ways with ASVEL in March 2012, rejoining Varese.[20]

After playing in the last 12 games of 2011-12 with Varese, averaging 12.3 points, Goss joined Acea Virtus Roma in August 2012.[21] He was an important part of Roma's "miracle" run to the 2012-13 Serie A finals, with 12.9 points in 31,4 minutes on average,[22] including decisive performances in the semifinal series against Lenovo Cantù, scoring 13 points in the last quarter of the game 6 do-or-die win.[23] The American was less decisive in the finals against Montepaschi Siena, scoring 11 points whilst conceding a technical foul in Game 5 as Siena won to clinch the title.[24]

Roma nominated Goss team captain in July 2013 as he signed a new contract for 2013-14.[22] He continued on his previous season's form, posting 14,8 points and 2.5 assists in about 31 minutes per game to help Rome reach the playoffs.[25] Roma again found Siena in their way - this time in the semifinals - and were again outdone in five games, despite Goss' good performances, including 23 points in game 5 - his last for Roma - in which he was ejected after committing five fouls.[26]

He joined another Serie A club, Umana Reyer Venezia, in June 2014.[25] After averaging 14.1 points and 3.4 assists in 41 games during the 2014-15 season to help Venezia reach the playoff semifinals, his contract was extended for another year in July 2015.[27]

Goss competes for Team City of Gods in The Basketball Tournament. He was a point guard on the 2015 team who made it to the semifinals, losing to Overseas Elite 84-71.


  1. ^ Murray, Chris. "Oxon Hill boys leave no room for doubt. After two heartbreaking defeats, Clippers win state title in convincing fashion.", The Gazette (Maryland), 16 May 2000. Retrieved on 7 June 2015.
  2. ^ "All-Met - Winter 2001.", The Washington Post. Retrieved on 7 June 2015.
  3. ^ Tatum, Kevin. "Drexel coach Flint recruits two more.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 July 2001. Retrieved on 7 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Phil Goss.", Fox Sports. Retrieved on 10 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b Murray, Chris. "Men's basketball record book (2014-15).", Drexel Dragons. Retrieved on 10 June 2015.
  6. ^ Fleischman, Bill. "Dragons run out of Goss in CAA's first round.", Philadelphia Daily News, Richmond (Virginia), 7 March 2005. Retrieved on 10 June 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Karaiskakis, Serafim. "Eurobasket news reports (8/11/2009) - Interview with Phill Goss.",, 8 November 2009. Retrieved on 10 June 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Phil Goss is Roma's new guard.", Virtus Roma, 14 August 2012. Retrieved on 10 June 2015.(Italian)
  9. ^ "Goss, Phil.", Turkish Basketball League. Retrieved on 10 June 2015.
  10. ^ a b Crescentini, Alberto (7 August 2008). "I Crabs si regalano il play americano Phil Goss" [The Crabs offer themselves the American guard Phil Goss]. Il Resto del Carlino (in Italian). Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  11. ^ Crescentini, Alberto (29 January 2009). "Piacere, Phil Goss. L'arma in più dei Crabs" [A pleasure, Phil Goss. The added weapon of the Crabs]. (in Italian). Rimini. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  12. ^ a b Di Capua, Mario (8 August 2009). "Scafati bel colpo da Rimini arriva il tuttofare Goss" [Scafati, good catch, the do-all Goss arrives from Rimini]. (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Quagliozzi, Francesco (24 May 2010). "Phil Goss saluta Scafati e torna a casa" [Goss says goodbye to Scafati and goes back home]. (in Italian). Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  14. ^ Varallo, Antonello (13 July 2010). "Eurobasket news report (7/13/2010) - Cimberio Varese brings in Phil Goss". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Asvel hands reins to Goss.", Eurocup, 1 August 2011. Retrieved on 24 May 2015.
  16. ^ "2011-12 Qualifying Round 1: ASVEL Basket 80 - BCM Gravelines 72 (Report)". 30 September 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  17. ^ "Phil Goss attendu au tournant" [Phil Goss expected at the crossroads]. (in French). 6 December 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  18. ^ "Saison 2011/2012 - Phil Goss" [Season 2011/2012 - Phil Goss]. (in French). Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  19. ^ "Goss, Phillip". Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Rebouh, Sarah (27 March 2012). "ASVEL: Phil Goss quitte les rangs" [ASVEL: Phil Goss leaves the ranks]. (in French). Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  21. ^ "Phil Goss è la nuova guardia di Roma" [Phil Goss is Roma's new guard]. (in Italian). 12 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  22. ^ a b Pitoni, Antonio (17 July 2013). "Goss resta Un?altra conferma per la nuova Acea "Phil è un leader"" [Goss stays. Another [player] confirmed for the new Acea: "Phil is a leader"]. (in Italian). Rome. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  23. ^ Suardi, Flavio (4 June 2013). "Roma sbanca Cantù: l'accesso alla finale si deciderà in gara-7" [Rome beats Cantù: the ticket for the final will be decided in game 7]. (in Italian). Cantù (Como). Retrieved 2 August 2015. 
  24. ^ "Basket, Siena campione d'Italia: settimo scudetto consecutivo. Roma crolla in casa" [Basketball, Siena Italian champion: seventh consecutive championship. Rome crumbles at home]. (in Italian). 19 June 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  25. ^ a b "L'Umana Reyer comunica ufficialmente l'ingaggio di Phil Goss" [Umana Reyer officially announces the recruitment of Phil Goss]. 14 June 2014. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  26. ^ Santi, Carlo (8 June 2014). "Basket, Siena batte la Virtus Roma è la prima finalista del campionato" [Basketball, Siena beats Virtus Roma and is the championship's first finalist]. (in Italian). Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  27. ^ "Umana Reyer Venice extends point guard Goss". Eurocup Basketball. 5 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 

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