Goodwin Belleville's Next Big Product

The hoops class of 2017 in Illinois is a strong one. One of the guys at the head of the pack is Belleville Althoff freshman Jordan Goodwin.

Illinois fans are familiar with Belleville product and current Illini small forward Malcom Hill, who made an impact as a freshman this past season. Another potential high-major level wing is emerging from the same area in the class of 2017.

Belleville Althoff freshman Jordan Goodwin made his mark early in his first year of high school. On a team with a trio of potential division one prospects, it was Goodwin who shined the most. The 6'3" shooting guard can flat out score at will on the high school level.

His biggest advantage is his strength and ability to completely overpower his opponent. Goodwin does a great job of bullying his defender back into the paint from the perimeter. Within 10 feet he is automatic when finishing through contact and taller defenders. He can also post up well other guards on the block.

Goodwin handles the ball well for his age and glides to the basket off the dribble. Throughout the year he started putting more and more combination moves together. His ability and mentality to attack are clearly the biggest assets in his game right now. Goodwin's shot is improving, although it can be streaky at times. He is a high level rebounder on both ends of the floor for his size and position, especially on the offensive glass where he gets a lot of second chance points.

The freshman has long arms and is a solid, but not upper tier athlete early in his career. As his body thins out throughout the next three years he could become even more difficult to contain. He ranks near the top among an already impressive class of 2017 in the state of Illinois.

The up and coming wing discussed his freshman season at Belleville Althoff.

"It was good," he said. "Coach Leib got me a lot of great shots. My team played hard. We fell short from our goal, but overall it was good."

What did he take away from this past season?

"I learned that from AAU to high school the pace is different."

Goodwin is playing with the St. Louis Eagles 15U this spring, who often play up in the 16U division. He gained experience playing in front of college coaches during the spring live period and will be seen by even more during July. He says he doesn't really pay too much attention to who is in the stands.

"I am going to go out there and play my game," he said. "Whatever they like, they will like."

It is still early on the recruiting front, but he is definitely on the radar of high majors in the Midwest including Illinois. He has taken notice of a couple recent players at his position in Champaign.

"I watched Malcolm Hill and Brandon Paul play there," he said.

What does he like about Coach John Groce and his style of play?

"The coach lets you play," Goodwin said. "He lets you play your game."

The Belleville Althoff star will be one to monitor over the next several years as he looks to cement his status among the elite players in the state.

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