Goodridge Continues To Impress

Vernon Goodridge was part of a potent one-two punch for the New Heights basketball club at this past weekend's Rumble in the Bronx Tournament.<br><br>

Goodridge, a 6-9, 220-pound rising senior power forward from Lutheran Christian Academy in Philadelphia, formed a terrific front line alongside rising junior small/combo forward Lance Thomas.

Thanks to big contributions from both players, New Heights advanced to the championship game of the Rumble before bowing out to New York Bounce.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Goodridge impressed with his rebounding and shot-blocking acumen. He's a true back to the basket power player who can brandish a jump hook to score in the low post.

Goodridge said that Seton Hall, Georgetown, Syracuse, Florida State and Georgia Tech are the five programs currently atop his list. He had a chance to take an unofficial look at Georgetown back in April when he played at a travel team tournament in Washington D.C. "I like the Big East and ACC," he said.

In addition to the five leaders, Goodridge also listed a number of other programs that he's considering. Among that lot are Michigan, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Iowa State, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Arizona, UCLA, Cincinnati, DePaul and Florida.

A product of Erasmus Hall H.S. in Brooklyn, Goodridge first transferred to Milford Academy in Connecticut two years ago. When Milford went belly up, he resurfaced at Philly Lutheran.

As a junior at Lutheran in 2003-2004, Goodridge averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds per game. He said that he's already scored over an 820 on the SAT, so if his core GPA is in line, he should be able to get through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Goodridge will kick off a busy summer at the adidas Superstars Camp in Atlanta next month, and then plans on attending one of the travel team tournaments in Las Vegas. He's not sure if he will continue to play for New Heights or hook up with his high school squad, which plays under the moniker 94 Feet Lutheran.

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