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SAVON GOODMAN PLANNING TO SIGN IN SPRING, STAY IN 2012
by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – On the last day of November in 2010, Savon Goodman committed to his local school, Villanova University. Just over a year later, the 6-foot-6 combo forward is looking for a new college, after decommitting from the Wildcats just before the start of his senior year.
Soon after reopening his recruitment, Goodman transferred to Constitution (PA), leaving the school where he had spent the first three years of his high school career, Academy of the New Church (PA). In addition, rumors began to swirl that he would have to reclassify to 2013 for academic reasons.
On Tuesday, NBE caught up with both Goodman and his high school coach after his second game as a Constitution General, a 61-53 win over Council Rock North (PA) in which he had a game-high 24 points.
Goodman was quick to note that he will be remaining in the class of 2012. What he was not positive of though, was what colleges are involved with him.
“I’m not sure of my recruitment, whatever schools [that] have been recruiting me,” Goodman said, noting that his high school coach, Rob Moore, and his mother were handling things.
Moore said that he has been in touch with a number of high-major programs looking to land Goodman’s signature.
“I’ve gotten calls from everybody, you know, UCLA, USC, Texas,” Moore said. “Kentucky reached out to me, not directly . . . Pitt has been all over the kid. Rutgers was at the [previous] game for him and Daiquan [Walker]. Really, he can go anywhere.”
Goodman said that “location is not a factor” for him and mentioned that he has not been on any visits of late. The first time around, he said he also considered schools such as Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Florida, Temple and Memphis.
Asked if the second go-around has been more stressful, Goodman replied, “Not really because I’m taking a backseat this time, just focusing on academics and trying to win a state championship. It’s actually less . . . stressful. I’m actually having fun with it.”
As for why he actually reopened his recruitment, Goodman remarked, “I felt like I rushed into it. I wasn’t comfortable with my decision. [I am] just looking at all my options.”
Goodman went on to discuss some of the factors he wants in a college as he moves towards a final choice.
“Definitely get up and down, man-to-man offense, up-tempo, high-paced,” Goodman said. “A school that will develop me as a three on the wing.”
Moore also mentioned that being able to play the small forward position was something that he too understood was a factor going forward.
“They want him to develop to a swing, his family, his AAU coaches,” Moore said. “If he went to Villanova as a four [as he was recruited to be], with [their] guards . . . they stay with that.”
Coach Moore did not at all seem concerned that his star player will be unable to get qualified academically for college.
“He will be [fine] without a doubt,” Moore said. “First marking period he had a 3.75 GPA. Our academic structure at our school allows him to take the max amount of core classes he can take. If he [keeps working at the same level, he will] . . . qualify without a problem.”
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