Hoops Recruiting: Capel eyeing Houston PG

Houston, Texas junior point guard Demetri Goodson talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


Those that cover college basketball recruiting will tell you that finding a great point guard is not easy, but if you are lucky enough to sign a good one then that player becomes the gem of a recruiting class. For the class of 2008, DeMetri Goodson has that kind of potential.

A starting point guard since his freshman season, Goodson has been the key player in the Collins program.

"I was in and out of the starting lineup my freshman year," said Goodson. "I took over the starting job for good my sophomore and it has been my team ever since."

Goodson averaged 15 points, seven assists and four rebounds per game this past season. Those totals were better than his sophomore year when he averaged 13 points, six assists and two rebounds.

"It makes me feel good that people are beginning to notice my game," said Goodson. "It makes me work harder to try to be the very best point guard in the country. I am just going to keep working hard and do what I have to do to become a better player. I have played against Willie Warren and J'Covan Brown and been able to do my thing. They are supposed to be the two best guards in Texas, but like I said I did my thing against them.

"I like to get everybody involved in the game and I like to play team basketball. When it is time for me to score, then I will score. But I am a pass-first point guard. Scoring is secondary to making a good pass and getting the offense in a good rhythm."

The fact that Goodson cares about running the offense and works hard in every game to get his teammates involved is what makes him attractive to so many college scouts, but the fact he can fill it up is a nice luxury to have.

"It is easy to go out and score 30 points a game and lose," said Goodson. "I like to get everybody involved because we have a better chance to win when that happens. I am cool with 15 points per game and going to state. Winning is the most important thing to me."

Goodson shot 38 percent from 3-point range this past season and he is an 80 percent free throw shooter. He is more of a scorer right now, but his shot is coming around. His offensive potential still has a tremendous upside, but his point guard skills are what college coaches are looking so hard at.

"I have been offered by Texas A&M, Illinois State , Houston, Utah, Utah State, Wichita State , SMU and Oklahoma," said Goodson. "I really like Oklahoma and think that would be a really good fit for me. I talked to Coach (Jeff) Capel for the first time on the phone for a little while today. He seems like a great guy and I hear he is a great coach, especially for point guards. I think I can improve under him. I enjoy talking to Coach (Mark) Cline too."

Goodson appreciates all the early offers, but he wants to keep an open mind, especially early in the process.

"It is all up in the air right now," said Goodson. "I am getting more and more colleges looking at me right now. I think I am underrated kind and I am just starting to peak at the right time."

Goodson runs the point for the Houston Select AAU team, one of the top two AAU teams in Texas. This summer, Goodson will travel around with his AAU team, but he is coming up for Oklahoma's advanced skill summer camp.

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