Goods' Spring Schedule Surprise

It was less than a month ago that junior combo guard Anthony Goods flatly stated that he would not take any official visits until the fall. His academic and basketball schedules simply would not permit time. Then he told <i>The Bootleg</i> Monday night the surprising news that he has set up not one, but two official visits for this month. More may be set soon. For all the latest and breaking details, read on...

The last time we spoke with Corona (CA) Centennial junior guard Anthony Goods, he was neck deep with a wide range of duties, studies and concerns. He was navigating the busiest month of the year for AAU basketball while nursing and treating a leg injury. Goods was also handling a rising tide of college coaches coming to visit him, while at the same time keeping up his ambitious schedule at school.

"I like to be pushed," explains the affable student-athlete.

He certainly is pushing himself this week. After competing a grueling schedule of April travel tournaments that took him twice to Las Vegas, once to Houston and most recently to Sacramento (which by car was actually the longest trip of them all), Goods sat down at a desk yesterday and took the first of his two Advanced Placement tests this week. Monday was the English (language & composition) test; Wednesday will be his Calculus AB exam. High scores on these AP exams will hand him college credit at almost any university in the country, which is an ambitious undertaking for a high school junior. To take these tests on the heels of an inexplicably demanding month of April - well, it's astounding.

Understandably, Goods and his mother have been cautious in their approach to his basketball recruitment this spring. His school list has grown almost exponentially as coaches have seen him play in recent weeks, despite the fact that he showed uneven performances with injury and a chemistry-dampening rotation between AAU teams.

"I have a lot on my plate right now with AP tests, schoolwork and tournaments," the overloaded athlete said just two weeks ago. "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."

In yet another surprise in the fascinating story of Anthony Goods, the 6'3" junior had decided to plow ahead with spring visits. He broke the news to The Bootleg late tonight that he has two official visits set up for this month, with more possibly in the balance. Interestingly, both visits will be taken at somewhat abnormal times.

Goods reports that his mother has done most of the talking with schools this past week, to shelter her son while he prepares for his AP tests. Those talks have resulted in a pair of trips to Northern California. Goods will officially visit Cal from the 13th through the 15th (Thursday thru Saturday), and then fly back up to the Bay Area to see Stanford the 23rd through the 25th (Sunday thru Tuesday). Other trips are up in the air at this time.

"I think Washington might happen," Goods opines. "Georgia Tech - maybe. Boston College - maybe. Others depend on the seriousness of other schools like Kansas and the rest of the Pac-10. I'm not too sure because my mother is kind of keeping info from me until after the AP [tests]."

"This is all happening so fast," he adds in amazement.

Goods was first offered by Pepperdine in March. Boston College and Cal both followed in April.

The standout combo guard has had a longstanding relationship with Stanford that has been well-documented, stretching back to his time at their camp last June. The Cardinal have expressed the highest of interest in recent months, though Goods needs to clear the University's stringent admissions application process before Mike Montgomery can make a scholarship offer. The elite student-athlete submitted his completed application on April 20, handing it over in person to Montgomery and assistant coach Tony Fuller when they made their one allowed on-campus visit with Goods at Centennial High School. It is no secret that the decision rendered by Stanford's Admissions Office will make a big impact on the combo guard's collegiate future. That begs the question: what is the latest he understands about the timing of that decision?

"[The Stanford coaches] haven't said when it will come," Goods answers. "They just said they are going to try and get a quick response."

The visit news is a very positive development for the Cardinal. Stanford has fostered a strong relationship with Goods over the last 12 months, and should he gain acceptance to the school, it would have been a disappointment to watch him wait until the fall to take any official visits, which presumably are a requisite step he takes before making a college commitment. With a visit to The Farm instead this month, that sets the table for him to possibly make a spring commitment, rather than drag it out through the fall. Whether that commitment goes to Stanford or another suitor, it is better for Mike Montgomery to know that outcome and react accordingly with the remainder of Stanford's prospects. Good or bad - coaches typically like to know decisions sooner rather than later.

Tracy Pierson and Greg Hicks of PrepWestHoops have rated Anthony Goods as the #2 point guard on the West Coast in this 2005 class, though he has the scoring abilities and instincts to play the off-guard position as well. Stanford is recruiting the athletic SoCal backcourt star as a combo guard precisely for his versatility.

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