Goesling and Kobani to transfer



App State’s Landon Goesling looks to enter the paint against Georgia Southern on Thursday night. The Mountaineers were defeated by the Eagles 77-58.

Lee Sanderlin

Appalachian State Basketball’s Landon Goesling and Mike Kobani are leaving the team, having been granted their release to transfer.

“Landon Goesling and Mike Kobani wanted to pursue another opportunity and we have granted them their release,” Jim Fox, head coach of the Mountaineers, said. “We’d like to thank both Landon and Mike for their contributions to Appalachian State University and we wish them the best of luck in the future.”

The announcement comes on the heels of the graduation of Frank Eaves, Chris Burgess, Michael Obacha and Jacob Lawson, meaning the Mountaineers will lose six members of last season’s team.

Both Goesling and Kobani saw limited to no playing time this season. Goesling suffered a knee injury early in the campaign and was sidelined since, despite being visible at games and practices. Despite the injury, Goesling was projected to be in the guard rotation next season, with Ronshad Shabazz, Jake Babic and Emarius Logan as the only returning guards that played significant minutes this season.

Kobani played a limited role all season long, averaging career lows in minutes, points, and field goal percentage, with 4.5, 0.7 and .333 respectively. With Griffin Kinney and Tyrell Johnson’s emergence this season, Kobani’s limited role would have suffered even more. Rising sophomore Bennett Holley and transfer Craig Hinton, who had to sit out this season due to NCAA rules, will add needed depth to the front court for next season.