Terps Tracking 'The Next Big Thing'
Jordan Goodman is a 6-foot-8 wing player from Bowie who is currently developing his game while playing with the D.C. Assault AAU program. Goodman, who will be a freshman at Rockville High this fall, has been compared to local product and former all-American DerMarr Johnson at the same stage.
"He's got a chance to be a big-time wing player. He's sort of in the mold of Kevin Durant. But I'd say a good comparison for him at the same age was DerMarr Johnson. He's very long and you can tell he's going to grow another three or four inches," said D.C. Assault assistant director Damon Handon. "He didn't play high school basketball last year so he's still a work in progress, but you can't teach a kid to be 6-7 and have a perimeter game. He's just all arms and legs."
Goodman attended Wise High in Prince George's County last year but was academically ineligible. He's been confronted by some serious obstacles, including a car accident four years ago that killed one of his friends and left him with two broken legs, a broken ankle and a broken collarbone, and his mother died last year.
"He had to learn to walk all over again," said his father, Dion Goodman. "The doctors say he's going to be at least 6-10."
The Goodmans recently hooked up with local coach Joe Boncore, an assistant coach at Good Counsel. Boncore tried to get Goodman into the Olney private school, but when that didn't work out, he and the elder Goodman agreed to enroll him next fall at Rockville; he'll be living near the Montgomery County school.
"His mom passed away last year and Coach Boncore has been a mentor to my son. He has seen the prosperity in his game," Dion Goodman said. "He can play the four or five, but he'd prefer to play the 1, 2 and 3."
Already, Maryland, Georgetown, Xavier, Tennessee and Duke have taken notice of Goodman, who has surprising ability to shoot the 3-pointer and handle the ball for an inexperienced, young player of his size.
Asked if he would like to see his son eventually don a Terps jersey, Dion Goodman said: "Oh, come on! Juan Dixon, Steve Francis … I even go back to the Lenny Bias days. We live right up the road from Maryland. That would be a dream come true."
It remains to be seen whether Goodman reaches that level of skill, but it's far from a longshot.
"Jordan is an exceptional kid. He's the next big thing," Boncore said.
Goodman likely won't be the only DI prospect enrolling next year at Rockville, which has a traditionally nondescript athletic program. Boncore is also mentoring 6-4 rising sophomore twins Brandon and Bradley Deyo, who were set to play last year at St. John's-Prospect Hall in Frederick before their school funding fell through. They reportedly have 36-inch vertical leaps and impressive guard skills. Its' expected they will be joined by Jeff James, a 6-foot-3 rising junior who played at Lee High in Springfield last year.
And 6-11 Nigerian Ayotunde Oyeniyi is also expected to enroll at the school, assuming he is able to attain a Visa and arrive in the U.S. shortly as expected.
"We're just going to put them together and see what happens," Boncore said
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