April is proving to be a pretty crazy month for Corona (CA) Centennial combo guard Anthony Goods. He has spent the last two weekends in Las Vegas, each with a different AAU team and each time coming home with a thigh contusion. Two weeks ago he was at the Las Vegas Easter Classic with the Spirit of the North squad, and started off hot. In one game he stroked five three-pointers in the first half alone, with a sea of college coaches in the stands. Goods is known for his ability to create off the dribble, as well as his handle and passing abilities, but once you add a solid outside shot as he demonstrated, you get the picture that this is a special guard talent.
Unfortunately he took a shot to the thigh in another game that followed, which slowed him down for the remainder of the event. After some therapy that following week, he made the trip up I-15 to Sin City again, this time with the Compton Magic squad. In the opening game against the Chico Tarheels, Goods reinjured his thigh, which derailed his entire weekend at the Pump N' Run Easter Tournament. He may not have shown his best, but he gutted it out through five games. They won their first four and had the tournament semifinals in the bag until Seattle Rotary Select hit an NBA-range three-pointer falling away at the buzzer of regulation to send the game into the first of two overtimes. Goods took yet another knee to his thigh, leaving him badly injured.
But this affable high school junior never lets his spirits get bruised. He has been up at 6 A.M. every morning this week to get shock therapy at a nearby sports clinic to ready him for the biggest AAU event of the spring - the Kingwood Classic in Houston. This last event of the April evaluation period will have all the top teams from around the nation attending (more than 400 total), from all three of the big shoe sponsors.
As if the basketball demands before and after school are not enough, Goods is also swimming in a sea of recruiting visits by college coaches. Stanford had head coach Mike Montgomery and assistant coach Tony Fuller at Centennial High School Tuesday afternoon meeting with Goods and his mother - and that was the second in-school visit of the day for the 6'3" combo guard. Colorado State came by during the lunch hour. Those visits came after a fantastic visit by Kansas assistant coach Tim Jankovich on Monday.
"My head is spinning right now," Goods admits from the dizzying recruiting activities. "It's hard to keep everything straight, but my [Centennial] coach helps take care of most of it."
Pepperdine was the first school to offer the versatile guard earlier in the spring, and last week Boston College cast their lot. The most recent offer came last week from Cal.
"They offered through my coach and then I gave them a call," the SoCal guard explains. "Coach [Ben] Braun said he likes my game, and I'm their guy."
Goods has yet to set up any official visits, though he says that he will make a more firm decision after the Kingwood Classic on whether he will take any this spring.
"I have a lot on my plate right now with AP tests, schoolwork and tournaments," the manic student-athlete describes. "Stanford would like me to visit in the spring, but right now I'm thinking I won't have time to visit anybody until the fall."
"I'm giving everybody an honest look right now," Goods says of his open stance toward recruiting suitors. "It's too early to narrow things down."
One school has enjoyed a leadership position throughout the guard's recruitment, though, and Tuesday's visit by those coaches did not hurt their case.
"Stanford is most definitely at the top," he says of the Cardinal. "They are still my number one, as of right now. They have shown me the most interest and been there since day one. They seem excited about me, and you can't beat their academics."
This sitdown between Goods and the Stanford coaches was an important event in his recruitment. While he has met them before, at Stanford's High Potential camp last June, their relationship has taken on a more advanced stage as recruiting has progressed. The LA combo guard in particular says that he feels so good about the Cardinal right now because of some things he was able to discuss face to face.
"There are some people around at tournaments and stuff who have whispered to me that Stanford's offense is too structured for my game and how I like to create," the thoughtful guard begins. "Coach Montgomery talked about Brevin Knight, though, and how they let him create and have a lot of success. That was really good to hear and I feel a lot better. It wasn't a big concern on my mind, but it's nice to hear what they had to say."
"They also explained [NCAA recruiting] rules to me," Goods continues. "They explained exactly when they are allowed to contact and evaluate me, and when they cannot. That explained a lot to me because Stanford plays by the rules and that sometimes gives them less contact with me than schools who break the rules. Now I understand."
"I asked them how long the application process takes, and they said they will do their best to get an answer soon. I gave the application to them today," Goods said on Tuesday. "That's a load off my shoulders. It's nice to get it out of my hands."
It was publicly reported a couple weeks ago that Goods got back his latest SAT results, from his March testing. It was the third time that the Cardinal recruit had taken the SAT this year, which as strong a sign as any of his high interest in Stanford. He had scored a 600 previously on the math section but has worked each time to improve his lower verbal score. This time he reached 500, giving him a composite total of 1100. That is the score he is applying with, unless he gets further feedback.
"If they tell me that isn't good enough, then I guess I'll go sit down in that room for another four hours," Goods playfully groans at the thought of a fourth SAT. "The coaches said that a 500 verbal is the minimum they would like a kid to apply with and don't like to look below that. They are proud of the score I got and hope for the best."
With Goods' application now in, including his teacher and counselor recommendations, the next key event in his recruitment will be an admissions decision. The clock has started, as far as we can tell, and both the recruit and Cardinal coaching staff will anxiously await the answer from the Admissions Office. In the meantime, other schools are starting to get on board.
"Georgia Tech and Kansas both got in touch with my coach recently, so you could say they are the newest schools I'm really excited about," the Corona guard discloses.
Arizona is a school that previously has been recruiting Anthony Goods, but he says he has not heard much from them in a while. They appear to have dropped out at this time.
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