Brooklyn Big Man Ready To Rumble

One of Connecticut's top targets along the frontline in the class of 2005 is likely to make an appearance at the Rumble in the Bronx

The big name schools, such as Connecticut, are starting to line up and make sure that Vernon Goodridge, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward/center who will play for Lutheran Christian in Philadelphia this season, realize they love his game.

Goodridge, who was supposed to take an unofficial visit to St. John's last week, had to cancel at the last minute due to a prior commitment to play basketball. Instead, Goodridge's mom took the visit. Goodridge said he hopes to reschedule his visit to St. John's for next week.

Goodridge has spoken about taking other visits too, including one to the Connecticut campus. No firm date has been set up by Goodridge. But it's likely the visit will take place in the next few weeks.

Vernon is hoping to play some more basketball in two weeks at the Rumble in the Bronx. "If my school team is in the tournament I will play with them," he said. "If they aren't I will look for another team to play with."

Goodridge can affect a game right now defensively. He is an excellent shotblocker. His offensive game is improving but needs to be more polished.

But because his defensive game is so effective, almost every Big East school has either inquired or offered. The list is long for Big East schools trying to get Goodridge in for a visit -- Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Connecticut, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh are interested.

"Connecticut has won some national championships," Goodridge said. "They have a winning tradition. They have players going to the NBA too. There are a lot of things to like about Connecticut."

Nationally, schools like North Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Florida State, Clemson, and Iowa State were mentioned by Goodridge. "I am still open," Goodridge said. "I am just trying to take some visits during the summer before I decide."

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