Arguably the toughest wing in the 2017 class is Jordan Goodwin. Playing with the St. Louis Eagles, Goodwin was basically dominant in a win over the Las Vegas Prospects on Saturday.
About his spring, Goodwin said, “We knew we would have some difficult games here. We are just a team and continue to play hard and do everything we can to get wins.”
He continued, “I know I need to keep working on my jumper, become a better leader, and also I am working to get my IQ better.”
Coming into the spring Goodwin had offers from schools such as Illinois, Creighton, Northwestern, and Missouri. Since then a lot of other schools have come in and made their pitch.
“I got new offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan State, TCU, Connecticut and a few others,” said Goodwin.
One of the offers that made an impression came from Michigan State. The Spartans have had a lot of success with guys who have Goodwin’s body type, and that has him intrigued with Michigan State.
“They had a guy like Draymond Green who I think I play similar to,” explained Goodwin, “Tom Izzo is a great coach, and also they have had players with my size and ability like Denzel Valentine.”
Also an offer from Texas caught his attention.
“Coach Shaka (Smart) is my guy,” said Goodwin of Texas. “He seems like a really cool dude. They are good with guards, and it is a program I like.”
While those schools are new, the school that has been there the longest with Goodwin is Illinois, and he still likes the Illini a lot.
“Me and Coach (John) Groce are real cool,” noted Goodwin. “He was my first scholarship offer. He knew what I had in me before anybody else did, and I appreciate that for sure.”
In terms of the next step, Goodwin says his list could be cut down in the near future.
“I will probably cut my list down after Memorial Day and before the coaches get back out in July,” said Goodwin.
When that time does come for Goodwin to select a school, he says it will be a decision him and his parents make together.
“It will be a family decision,” said Goodwin. “It is on me too, but I want to know what my parents think so we are going to approach it that way.”