Three Stick Out For Goulbourne

Lance Goulbourne was already on the map, but a teammates injury during July helped him prove his worth to college coaches and led to more interest.

When Tyreke Evans was forced to the sideline and unable to play at the Peach Jam Invitational, Lance Goulbourne stepped up to the plate. Not only did he lead Team Final, but also showed that he's capable of taking over a game.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound rising senior went to work on the glass, swatted shots and showed an ability to score with the ball in his hands. Although Team Final didn't make it far in the tourney, Goulbourne certainly proved himself.

"I would have liked [Tyreke] to be there so we would have had a better shot at winning the championship but since he wasn't there it definitely did give me some spotlight," Goulbourne said. "I stepped up and I think I played well."

Following the Peach Jam, Goulbourne and Team Final tripped to the Super Showcase, and with a healthy Tyreke Evans in attendance they won the event. His effort in both tournaments led to more interest from college coaches.

"The coaches that were recruiting me took it to another level. I also got a couple of other schools on my list. Coaches were calling me and telling me how well I played and just showing a lot of interest."

Goulbourne said Virginia, Vanderbilt, Marquette and Rutgers have offered scholarships and are the four schools recruiting him the hardest. He also claims interest from Notre Dame, Louisville and Michigan.

"I already have three visits set. The 15th [of September] is Marquette. The 22nd I'm going to UVA and then Vanderbilt on the 29th. Then I'm looking to maybe choose one more to take another visit."

Goulbourne claims Marquette, Virginia and Vanderbilt as his top three schools and he likes each school for different reasons. Tom Crean is the main reason Goulbourne is interested in Marquette, and he's also familiar with their conference.

"I just like the way Tom Crean coaches. He's a great coach and he develops players and I just love that about him. It's also in the Big East and it's been a life long dream for me to play in the Big East because it's a hometown thing."

With Virginia, Goulbourne likes the academic side of things, as well as Dave Leitao's coaching style and background.

"With UVA it's a fantastic school and that is one very important thing with me. My parents have always pushed education since I was young and that's really key for me. Also Coach Leitao has done a great job and I like the system he runs."

"He was at Connecticut with Coach Calhoun and helped develop players there so as a head coach I think he'll do a great job."

Vanderbilt is also one of his favorites. They made an impact on his recruitment early on and he's already been on their campus once.

"Vanderbilt, they've been on my list for a long time and they were the first school to offer me a scholarship. They've been recruiting me since I was a sophomore and I love the way they play. I love the city of Nashville and it's a great school."

Goulbourne, who claims a 3.5 GPA, plans to make his college decision in early October.

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