Minnesota displayed their up-tempo style of play under first year head coach Richard Pitino. Now, with it being his second year, he has seen how vital and important guards are in his offense and addressed that on the recruiting trail. The latest offer to be extended out is to Campbellsville (KY.) Taylor County junior point guard Quentin Goodin, who fits the bill. His father, Chris Goodin explains how the headman himself delivered the news and his takeaway after talking to Coach Pitino.
“I found out about the offer from Coach Pitino,” Mr. Goodin told GopherDigest. “I was talking to him and he let me know himself. Quentin was excited to get that offer and anytime a school offers you a scholarship, it is always exciting at least that is how he takes it. Nothing is taken for granted.”
“I really like Coach Pitino. He was a really laid back and cool guy and different than what I thought he would have been. He was really cool and he is a knowledgable guy and knows the game. He is just a cool individual.”
The Gophers also may have a feather in their cap with this offer to Goodin and it could be an asset to trying to secure his services.
“We know a little bit about the program,” said Mr. Goodin. “Clem Haskins, the coach that took them on that big run and got into a little bit of a situation is actually from this area. He lives here and he is my cousin’s uncle. I know a little bit about Minnesota from back in the early days when Coach Haskins was coaching and of course we know now Coach Pitino was last year, which was his first year and had a good run. He has got some new players and is doing some good things.”
The 6-2, 175-pound guard sits as the No. 18 ranked point guard in the nation and a four star recruit, who holds offers from Indiana, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Western Kentucky and now Minnesota. How has his recruitment been shaping up and if a visit to Minneapolis could possibly happen in the future?
“His recruitment is going good,” said Mr. Goodin. “Several schools are interested and he is interested in a lot of schools. He has got a lot of really good options and we are very fortunate and humble about it. It is a great thing to be in a position where you got a lot of guys feel good about you and wanting you to play at their school.”
“No, he doesn’t have a top list yet. I don’t know yet, but we are going to try and schedule something probably, but right now, we are just about to get our season underway and we got a few things to work out before we can get to some visits. At the moment, visits are kind of a little sketchy, but we will probably do a visit or two when we can. We could see ourselves visiting Minnesota for sure.”
Goodin is considered one of the most prolific scorers in the nation that has a lot of tools in his game, but plays his game around making his teammates better.“(Quentin) is a slasher, passer, physical and very athletic guy,” said Mr. Goodin. “He can get to the bucket and has a good mid-range game. His outside game has improved, but he is a penetration kick guy and creator more than anything. That is what he does best.”