Goodman On Pack's Radar

Savon Goodman started his prep career at ANC in Philadelphia before transferring to Constitution (PA) High where he helped lead the Generals to a state title this past season. Now the former Villanova commitment is focused on recruiting... or is he?

Savon Goodman started his prep career at ANC in Philadelphia before transferring to Constitution (PA) High where he helped lead the Generals to a state title this past season. Now the former Villanova commitment is focused on recruiting... or is he?

"Savon is in the process of determining if he will attend college in the fall or go to prep school," said Constitution head coach Rob Moore. "He came to us needing to do some work academically to get qualified for college in the fall, and he has done that. If he finishes out this semester as projected, Savon will be eligible to attend college this fall, so his recruitment has picked up.

"Colleges now know this... by becoming qualified he has put himself in a position to be recruited and colleges are certainly making him a priority."

At 6-foot-6 and 220 pounds, Goodman is a terrific athlete capable of impacting the game in the paint.

"He's a beast," said coach Moore. "Right now he's going to be a combo forward in college. He could be a three, but with his brute strength and athleticism he is too tough for a lot of guys to handle inside and at the rim.

"I think he has the ability to play right away in college because of his strength and athleticism. Now, he needs to work on his shooting, which he has improved a lot, but he will continue to work on it."

Where is Goodman at with his recruitment?

"Savon has already taken an official visit to Pittsburgh and unofficial visits to Temple and Seton Hall," said Moore. "He also has SMU, West Virginia, and UNLV on him, and now NC State is getting involved after missing out on Amile [Jefferson]."

Coach Moore is very familiar with Amile Jefferson, the five-star combo forward that NC State heavily recruited and lost out on this week to Duke. How does Goodman compare to Jefferson?

"They are different players to me," coach Moore said. "Savon has more athleticism and strength, but Amile has better fundamentals and is more polished. The NC State coaches know he is a little different from Amile, but to be honest, I think he would be a better fit for NC State than Amile... that's just my opinion.

"I'm familiar with T.J. Warren from Brewster, and I think he and Savon fit better than Amile would have fit with him. T.J.'s game is more similar to Amile in they are fundamentally sound and skilled where Savon is a guy you would want to pair up with one of them because he is physical, athletic and a banger inside, so I do think he would be a great fit at NC State."

According to coach Moore, the Wolfpack coaches have indicated that they are going to heavily pursue Goodman, although a firm offer has yet to be extended.

"From what I've been told coach Gottfried loves what Savon brings to the table," said Moore. "He told coach Moxley to get it done, and he wants the kid at NC State.

"Like I said, I think he'd be a great fit there. They have three really, really good freshmen coming in that are offensively talented that Savon would fit with, and I believe they are bringing back probably the best player in the ACC in [C.J.] Leslie. From what the coaches are saying there is playing time there this year and certainly next year because they will lose some guys."

However, Goodman is in no rush to make a decision. The dead period is underway so he can't take any visits, which he will do before making a final decision.

"Well, he still has to decide on college or prep school, but he's going to take visits," Moore said. "After the dead period is over he'll take the trips. I think he'll want to visit SMU, UNLV, and NC State before deciding.

"It's something though that will move quickly once he takes the visits because for instance with NC State he would have be down there I think around June 21st because they are going to practice and go to Spain in August. So, look for something to be decided soon after the visits."


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