Goodridge Finally Finds a Home

With the lack of big-time big men in the junior class, Vernon Goodridge is a name to keep an eye on. The Brooklyn native has finally settled in and has a chance to get a high-major scholarship.

Vernon Goodridge isn't all that easy to keep up with, but he's finally find stability in Philadelphia.

The Brooklyn, N.Y., native spent two years at Erasmus Hall before attending Milford Academy (Conn.) for what amounted to a cup of coffee before the school shut down at the beginning of last season for financial problems.

Then it was off to Coastal Christian for another shot stay before arriving at Philadelphia Lutheran (Pa.), where he has remained for this entire season.

The 6-9 ½, 215-pound Goodridge was reclassified at the start of this season and because of the lack of quality big men in the junior class, plenty of high-majors will track his progress on the court and in the classroom.

Goodridge, 18, did not perform particularly well in Lutheran's 86-82 loss to Laurinburg last weekend, but an injured finger while swatting a shot during practice limited his effectiveness.

He finished with six points, five rebounds and five blocks.

Goodridge's biggest asset is clearly on the defensive end, altering and blocking shots and controlling the glass. He also runs the court well, but will need to bulk up and develop a low-post game.

According to Lutheran coach Darryl Schoefield, North Carolina has made inquiries. Florida State, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall and Iowa State have also expressed varying degrees of interest.

``I just want to play at a high level," Goodridge said. "I know I need to get stronger, but once that happens, I think everything else will come. Right now I know I'm too light."

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