Dane Goodwin has been extremely effective throughout his first three years of high school basketball when it comes to scoring from inside. At 6-4, 175 pounds, the Upper Arlington, Ohio, shooting guard poses matchup issues for opposing teams because of his height and ability to shoot the ball.
Now that Goodwin has just one year of high school hoops remaining, the Ohio State commit is looking to play on the perimeter more often as a senior to better prepare himself for the position he’ll play at the next level.
“Going into college, I’m going to have to be more of a two-guard, not a three- or four-guard – being more out on the wing and handling the ball,” Goodwin told Scout. “I’m one of the bigger guys on my team so I’m guarding bigger guys because there is no one else to really do that. Moving on, I’m going to have to go more out on the wing and be one of those smaller guys.”
UA head coach Tim Casey noted that Goodwin playing farther away from the basket is something that will not be foreign to him.
“I think he’s always been a perimeter player, but he’s a tough matchup,” Casey told Scout. “At 6-5, 6-6, it’s easy to put him down there (on the block). He’s so gifted, he’s got good touch, he’s got good feet, he doesn’t mind being physical when he catches the ball inside to attack. That’s always been a big part of his game, and as a high school coach you’re going to put guys in spots that can help the team be successful and he certainly accepted that role.”
Goodwin, who is currently playing for an AAU team that travels all around the country, is excited about the transition.
“I’m definitely looking forward to it,” he said. “Being able to expand my role a little bit helps me. For me, it kind of creates a matchup problem because when I get those smaller guys on me I can take them in the post and size them up a little bit. I think that will definitely help my game, but at the same time I’m going to have to be quicker, stronger, all those things to be able to guard those guys.”
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