Profile update and quotes from Jamil Goodwin's personal trainer who wishes to remain anonymous in this article.
Jamil Goodwin 6-5 guard that can play at the forward spot if needed, he's a member of the class of 2008.
He's currently the number #2 scorer in the state of New Jersey, this past season Goodwin averaged 21.0 ppg and 10 rebounds, he's 25 points away from the 1,000 point club at his high school Bloomfield. When Goodwin leaves his high school he'll be right behind former Notre Dame All American Kelly Tripucka.
Jamil is very, very young, he's 16 years old 215-220 lbs. and wears size 16 shoes, he has the body make-up of Derrick Rose, he's put together and is tough as nails. He can shoot the three, handle it well for a guy his size, and competes like no other.
The Illinois coaches know all about him, they are going to watch him play this weekend in Las Vegas.
The boy loves Illinois if they would put an offer on the table right now he would sign in a second. He just wants to show people what he can do. He plays AAU basketball for the New Jersey Playza his team is loaded with DI players on it. Jamil is a quiet kid that doesn't like to ruffle any feathers but he knows he's as good as some of the guys starting on his team.
I told the Illinois coaches he's only been playing since his freshman year and what they need to look at is where he'll be when he's a junior or senior in college, I know this kid is going to be a player. He's got a younger brother that's going to be freshman that can flat out jump out of the gym so they should keep an eye out on him too. Their father told me they will do things a lot different with the younger brother, Jamil has taught them a lesson.
This kid has unbelievable work ethic, he's 6-5 and knows if there was one part of his game that he needed work on, it would be his ball handling. Each morning we go to the gym and he works on that part of his game.
Jamil's father went to Las Vegas to see his son play, they will be calling InsideIllini.com for updates on his game, when they do we'll post on our premium board.