It’s been a whirlwind of a year for 2016 Campbellsville (Ky.) Taylor County point guard Quentin Goodin.
Standing 6-foot-2, 175-pounds, Goodin’s size is a tremendous asset at his position, utilizing that and his skillset to excel in his second season this winter at Taylor County high school.
“He had a really good sophomore season,” Goodin’s father Chris said. “He increased his points per game by five or six points, he rebounded the ball a whole lot more this year.
“And I think the most improvement was the pace and poise of his game where before he was kind of quick to just take shots and this season it was more like he allowed the game to kind of come to him.”
And now, the competition level rises this spring and summer for Goodin, not just because AAU season has begun. For the first time in his young career, Goodin is playing up on the highest level of AAU, with players a full calendar year ahead of him.
“I think he’s adapting pretty good playing up on the 17’s circuit,” Goodin’s father said. “This is the first time that he’s played up with this group of kids and this talent level but I think he’s adjusting well.
“The speed of the game is different and the bump you get from those stronger, veteran kids is a little different but I think he’s adjusting well.”
Over the weekend, John Beilein and Michigan were in the house to watch Goodin play. The first time the Wolverines laid eyes on Goodin was during his high school season, a game in which the three-star rated talent recorded a triple-double.
That strong play continued with the Wolverines watching closely yet again.
“Coach Beilein said he liked the way he played and he really liked the fact that he could get his teammates involved, that he didn’t try to rush things, and that he didn’t try to do extra things to make himself stand out, just most things he did was try to get his team involved a lot which, he said made him stand out more to him because he was trying to create for his teammates,” Goodin’s father said. “The point guard coach was there too, Coach Vall, and I didn’t speak with him but I would assume his evaluation was the same as what Coach Beilein was saying. They said they really liked him.”
Looking at Michigan’s program on and off the court, the Goodin’s are very impressed with the level of success the Wolverines have been able to sustain under John Beilein and his coaching staff.
“They’ve had great success with the development of their point guards and not just their point guards but with the development with all their players,” Goodin’s father said. “They do a great job up there. They’re a really fun team to watch, they allow their point guards to be creative, they give great space on the floor when they play, they allow guys to be creative; trust each other.
“I know they’ve got a great core value, great Christian value system that they’ve implemented into Michigan and those things, they really mean a lot. Those things make you feel more at home that it’s going to be more of a family type atmosphere going into that. I’m really interested in putting my eyes on the campus and really get involved in building a relationship with those guys.”
The Goodin’s are planning to make it up to Ann Arbor sooner than later, though not official, an early June trip is in the works.
“Of course they asked us to come up and visit,” Goodin’s father said. “And I think right now, tentatively, we’re planning to go June 7 for a player camp.
“So, I think we’re planning on going there but, Michigan said they have a very, very high interest in him. So, apparently he played well enough over the weekend.”
The Goodin’s are also considering a visit to Ohio State this summer with several others possible in the fall.
Once on campus and interacting in person with coaching staff’s at various schools, the Goodin’s know exactly what they’re hoping to see.
“Well, of course development is key,” Goodin’s father said. “For me, I want him to go to a program where he’s wanted No. 1, not just because he’s a back up guy or because it’s a last minute situation. I want him to go somewhere he’s wanted with someone that’s built a relationship with us and we feel comfortable with that.
“Then onto the development stage, I want him to develop and increase whatever the magnitude of his game is going to be. Education is most definitely important and we’d like him to be a four-year student and graduate.
“And then being around guys you really trust because it’s hard to turn your kid over to somebody and let him go after you do everything you could to raise him to be the best young man possible so, you want somebody that is going to do the exact same thing.”
Still in the early stages of his recruitment, the Goodin’s aren’t quite ready to begin thinking about a timeline or plan for an eventual verbal commitment.
What Goodin’s father does know is that when his son knows the program he wants to be a part of, they won’t hesitate to make it happen.
“What I’ve said to people recently is I’d like for him to comfortably play his senior season meaning not really having to worry about the recruiting process just being able to go out and do your best in your senior season and finish up the high school career,” Goodin’s father said.
“With that being said, if he goes somewhere and says he loves the place and that’s where he wants to be, I’d back him in that. We’d discuss it of course and make sure but it’s his choice ultimately.”