U of L jumping into mix for in-state guard

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino evaluated Taylor County High School junior guard Quentin Goodin on Monday night at the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic at Fairdale, Ky. Pitino must have liked what he saw because the Cardinals are now expected to jump into the recruiting mix for the four-star in-state guard.

The University of Louisville basketball staff had Taylor County High School guard Quentin Goodin in to watch a few games when he was younger, keeping an eye on his progress as a prospect.

Goodin, now a 6-foot-4 four-star prospect, said he felt like when assistant coach Kevin Keatts left the Cardinals didn't show him a ton of love.

But it appears that is about to change.

Goodin dropped 32 points - including an rim-rattling dunk in the face of a Doss defender - with 13 rebounds and five assists on Doss in the semifinals of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic on Monday night at Fairdale.

Among the coaches watching were U of L head coach Rick Pitino and assistant coach Mike Balado. The Cardinals reached out to Goodin's coaches after the game and said they wanted firmly back into the mix in Goodin's recruiting.

"It's nice to get the attention from them," Goodin said of U of L. "I really like them. When coach Keatts was there I felt like I was wanted and now that he left, I know they have other guys they are looking at, but I just haven't felt as wanted.

"I understand but it's just been kind of a weird situation."

U of L coaches have been to at least three games already this season of Taylor County and assistant coach Kenny Johnson made the trip to Campbellsville back in the fall to watch Goodin workout. The Cardinals play tonight in the KOB title game.

"No school is out of it; Louisville is up there in my mind," Goodin said. "If they started showing the interest as some of the schools recruiting me the hardest, they are definitely going to be right there in the mix."

Chris Goodin, the players father and an assistant coach at Taylor County, is a lifelong U of L fan. The family was expected to be invited to the game against Kentucky on Saturday but Taylor County is out of town for a game in Florida.

Prior to finding out of any serious interest from U of L, Goodin said the five schools showing the most interest now would be Tennessee, Florida, Minnesota, Michigan and Xavier, while Ohio State and a ton of others are also in the mix.

"I just don't think about it all and try and do what I can do on the floor," he said.

Goodin has added about 15 pounds since last season and has worked on his all-around game, noting "from where I came from last year to this year I have changed a whole lot."

"I have stayed on my jump shot and it's getting better," he said. "I feel like my progression at this rate is pretty good."

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