Making a difference on and off court

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Over the years, University of North Florida student-athletes have built successful professional careers after college.

 

Koran Godwin, the all-time leading scorer in UNF men's basketball and a 2003 business management graduate, is still making a difference both on and off the court.

 

Godwin, who scored 1,513 points in his three-year Osprey career after transferring to UNF from the University of Buffalo, has utilized his success on the court to help others score big. He recently co-authored an e-book with former NBA star and three-time college player of the year Ralph Sampson titled “Winners Circle – The Ralph Sampson Game Plan: What Great Players Do Before, During, and After a Basketball Game.”

 

In 2006, he produced his first instructional video, "Fundamentals of Scoring," and has since produced "The Fundamentals of Shooting," "The Fundamentals of Ball Handling" and "The Fundamentals of Post Play."

 

"When I graduated from UNF, I started training kids in the area and someone suggested to me that I start putting some of my stuff on video. That is when I launched JumpStartHoops.com," said Godwin.

 

 After his video work he ventured into writing on basketball Web sites. He currently writes for TheHoopDoctors.com, where he also creates video blogs and podcasts.

 

The attention his writing garnered on the Internet prompted him to put his advice into a book, "Everyone Hates A Ball Hog but They All Love A Scorer: The Complete Guide to Scoring Points On and Off the Basketball Court,” which he wrote and self-published in 2008.

 

Godwin said the book gives kids a blueprint for success, teaching them how to balance their lives on and off the court.

 

"Most kids get it because they say it increases their scoring average,” Godwin said. “Parents love it because of the balance, the priorities I give the kids about my personal experience - keeping God first, going on to school and then basketball."

 

He attributes much of his success to his experiences at UNF and former UNF head coach Matt Kilcullen.

 

"I had a wonderful career at UNF and met a lot of people I am still in contact with today.  It just put me on the path for success,” Godwin said.  “Coach Kilcullen did a great job of being a leader and showing us that life out there is tough, but if you stick to your principles and what you believe in, you will be successful.”

Kilcullen speaks highly of his former player, calling Godwin the epitome of the student-athlete.

 

"He had very high character as a person and he always had his academics first. On the court he was a silent assassin. He was one of the most natural scorers I have ever seen,” Kilcullen said. “It is not any surprise to me that he is successful in life now as well."

 

Current men's basketball head coach Matthew Driscoll is also a fan.

 

"It is always great to have alumni involved in our program," Driscoll said.  "Koran and I have spoken about different issues, both athletically and socially, and I really loved his book, especially the title - how true is that?"

 

Godwin served as boy’s head basketball coach at Allen D. Nease High School in Ponte Vedra for three years before moving to Washington, D.C., in 2009 to be closer to his mother-in-law who was battling cancer. He’s now an assistant basketball coach at Bishop McNamara High School.