Illinois Emerging Early for Goodwin

Illinois is making a strong early impressions in a 2017 guard's recruitment. He recently visited and shared about his visit and what stands out about the Illini.

Belleville Althoff 2017 shooting guard Jordan Goodwin has cleared every hurdle in front of him over the last year. Goodwin dominated the competition in the metro east as a sophomore leading his team to a state championship game appearance. He then put on a show for the St. Louis Eagles 16U team for the first month of the spring. Being moved up to the 17U level playing on one of the most loaded teams in the nation?

No problem.

He stepped in, playing his game and fit in with ease. Goodwin started June with a tremendous showing at the Nike Elite 100 camp, where he went against his top peers in the classes of 2017 and 2018.

Illinois offered the talented guard during the spring, and Goodwin took a trip to Champaign on Thursday to check out what the Illini have to offer.

During the visit he was able to see the facilities, catch up with fellow Belleville product Malcolm Hill, and discuss all aspects of the school. What stood out to him about the visit? “The new gym that they are building and how hard the guys work," Goodwin said. "How many players from the state played for them (was impressive).”

He was able to spend an extended period of time with Head Coach John Groce and his lead recruiter Jamall Walker.

“They both are real cool and think highly of me," he said. "Coach said he likes my game and the way I want to win so much.”

Illinois is one of five schools to extend an offer early in the process to Goodwin along with Illinois State, Missouri, Purdue, and Virginia Tech.

But as of right now, one school is standing out above the rest, and Illinois fans will like Where the Illini stand in his recruitment right now.

“Number 1," he said. "Just something about the coaches I like.”

The Scouting Report:

Goodwin has an unorthodox game. He plays to his strengths very well and does not try to be something he isn't! The physical 6’3” wing gets to the basket with strength. He overpowers his opponent with his 217 pound body while using his improved handles to be slippery through traffic.

The rising junior scores with consistency in the paint through contact and gets to the free throw line at a high rate. Another area he excels is his passing. As an 'off guard', Goodwin has a great feel in the open floor and half court for finding his teammates with the correct pass leading to buckets. His best asset might be his ability to rebound.

Goodwin has a 6’10” wingspan, and that combined with a never ending motor allow him to be a dominant rebounder. The Althoff standout is particularly effective in mauling people on the offensive glass for second chance points. His jump shot is a work in progress, but he has proven in every setting in which we have seen him that he can play at the high major level already.

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