Ohio State commit and Upper Arlington, Ohio, forward Dane Goodwin didn’t have one of his stellar shooting performances, but did other things to help his team notch a 61-48 win over Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley in the district final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association boy’s basketball tournament Saturday morning at Ohio Dominican University.
Goodwin (6-4, 175) finished with 10 points against a Bradley team that was determined to lock him down.
“I noticed (Bradley point guard) Braden (Norris) would pick me up right around the three line every time,” Goodwin said. “He wouldn’t let me get any space.
“Braden guarding me really took away a lot of things I like to do, he kind of knew my game.”
With Norris and Bradley as a team focusing so much attention toward Goodwin, the four-star 2018 prospect decided to affect the game in other ways by finding teammates for open looks.
“As the game went on, I tried to set up my teammates because I knew they’d be more open than me,” Goodwin said. “Best shot wins.”
In addition to dishing out assists, Goodwin grabbed a few key rebounds, which included an offensive board to setup his put-back that gave UA a 51-45 lead late in the game. Earlier in the contest, he also had a monster block on a Bradley fastbreak where he swatted the ball out of bounds.
UA head coach Tim Casey said that Goodwin’s play vs. Bradley showed how he can make his teammates that much better.
“He did great, he did an awesome job,” Casey said of Goodwin, who once scored 35 points against Westerville South earlier this year. “He’s got the uncanny ability to make other guys around him better, and that’s the mark of a good player. He’s going to get a ton of attention. What’s he averaging? Almost 30 points a game. He’s going to be the focal point of most teams.
“I thought he really did a nice job of not forcing the action, trusting his teammates and making the right play. He had several rebounds and he a couple of really nice passes, and I think that’s a credit to him and how he does things.”
Goodwin, who is being recruited as a shooting guard, is the No. 65 overall prospect in the 2018 class and is rated as the 14th-best player at his position. While he didn’t dominate the points column in the stat sheet, Goodwin was impressed with the team’s performance as a whole.
“It was just a collective effort today,” he said. “For our whole starting lineup to get into double figures is huge. Everybody just steps up. When I’m getting denied all the time, (my teammates) know what to do, they know how to get open so it’s just a collective effort.”
UA will now play in the regional semifinal on Thursday night at 7 at ODU.
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