Goodridge Welcomes Suitors

Vernon Goodridge hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but he's basically got his list down to five or six - and that's whose going to come in and speak with him in September.

Vernon Goodridge got a chance – and now he's taking advantage of his opportunity.

The 6-foot-9 ½, 220-pound senior big man at Lutheran Christian (Pa.), who grew up in New York, watches other kids in his neighborhood who never had the same chance he did to develop his game and get exposure.

Goodridge, who was taken under the tutelage of Anthony Alston a few years back, got that opportunity and it began at Milford Academy (Conn.). However, Milford shut its doors and he had a pit-stop at Coastal Christian (Va.) before settling in at Lutheran prior to last season.

``I'd still have been at the park," Goodridge said. "If not for Anthony. He came in my life at a time things were falling apart.

Now things on the court are anything but unstable for Goodridge, who has watched his stock soar in the past year.

He's become a McDonald's All-American candidate and isn't stopping there. He can often be found down at the local park in the wee hours of the morning – sometimes as late at 4 a.m. shooting mid-range jumpers.

``I don't want to be one-dimensional," Goodridge added. "I don't want people to think if they stop me in the post, I'm done."

Goodridge has yet to set up any official visits, but he'll welcome in at least five schools for in-home visits later this month. Florida State starts it off on Sept. 9, followed by Pittsburgh on Sept. 10, Illinois and Georgetown on Sept. 12 and Mississippi State on Sept. 17. Seton Hall has also scheduled an in-home visit for this month.

Goodridge said UConn has been eliminated while Seton Hall and Syracuse are still under consideration, but are on the outside looking in for now.

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