Unsigned Senior Spotlight - Geoff Coyne
North Kingstown High School's Geoff Coyne was on his way to being a college baseball player, until a big senior season on the hardwood altered his course.
Now, Coyne hopes to pursue college basketball at the next level after being a key part of one of the RIIL's top teams.
Coyne also distinguished himself as one of the premier defenders in the state, drawing praise not just from his coaches and teammates but also from his competitors.
School: North Kingstown (RI)
By the Numbers
- 2019-20 Stats: 39% 3pt; 4:1 AST:TO ration; team's leading rebounder
- 3.74 GPA & 1250 SAT
Being an undersized team I had to play out of position (for a top team in the state) but was happy to do whatever to help our team win. At 6 foot and 175 pounds I often found myself playing down low. Even though I played big I still possess guard skills and was the backup point guard. I take most pride on the defensive end and many coaches, players, and media named me as the top defender in the state.
What They're Saying
“Geoff Coyne showed why he’s one of the state’s premiere man defenders, limiting Mount Pleasant star Naz Pona to only two points.”
- Eric Reub, Providence Journaml - following D1 semifinals
“Coyne is a great defender and he was pressuring me all game. I had a little bit of trouble in the first half turning the ball over.”
- Sebastian Thomas to Providence Journal after D1 championship
"I have had the pleasure to coach Geoff on the North Kingstown Boys Basketball Team for the last two years. Geoff is regarded has the best defender in the state of Rhode Island. He consistently held the opponent’s best player well below their average. His efforts help lead North Kingstown to a 25-2 overall record. In addition, Geoff is the hardest working player in the entire program, always willing to improve himself on the court and in the weight room. Geoff played sparingly as a junior, so he decided to improve his strength and basketball skills to not only play more but to start. Geoff started every game as a senior, and was willing to do whatever was necessary for North Kingstown to win. While he did not average a lot of points, he is the ideal player that coaches love to have on their team. In the age of offensive basketball, Geoff is a throwback defender who takes pride in his work."
- Aaron Thomas, Head Coach, North Kingstown High School
"Geoff Coyne is extremely athletic and was by far the best defender on our team that went 26-2 this season. Geoff was alway matched up with our opposition's best player and would regularly take away that player's strengths and hold them under their point per game average. Geoff is fantastic at defending players on the perimeter, stopping dribble penetration or denying 3 point shots, but can play larger/taller opponents (if needed) in the post by denying ball entry or playing straight up on the block forcing a perimeter shot vs. a lay up. Offensively Geoff played all 5 positions for our team. We were not blessed with height this season so the majority of the time Geoff played the 3 or 4 offensively. He would jump center to start games for us. However, as needed, Geoff could bring larger opponents to the perimeter to go by them or knock down 3 points shots. He also has a very solid ball handle and ran the point for our team in certain offensive situations. Geoff is a bring your lunch bucket to practice every day player. He has a high motor and brings his best effort to practice and games. He is always trying to push himself and his teammates. He would consistantly finish 1st when ran for conditioning. He doesn't take plays off on either end of the court. Most importantly Geoff is a great person and teammate. Winning is a high priority for Geoff, team goals come before personal accomplishments."
- Kevin Gormley, Assistant Basketball Coach & Head Baseball Coach, North Kingstown High School
Coyne is a role player extraodinaire who stands out with his defensive prowess and ability to impact winning without having to score a ton of points. He's physical, competitive, unselfish, and always plays with a high motor. He plays bigger than he is and is consequently able to defend multiple positions. He constantly wins 50-50 balls and is one of the first ones to the floor. Offensively, he's vastly improved in the last year. He passes well within the flow of the offense, works diligently on developing his skills, and isn't bother by contact when attacking, or finishing, at the rim.