Philadelphia Elite is the club program for Lutheran Christian Academy and has the advantage of some very talented athletes playing together all year long. They're big and strong and well coached. Plus the players know where their teammate will be. Team play, not that easy in summer ball, is part of their game.
Vernon Goodridge, the 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward / center, scored 10 points in Elite's 66-30 win Friday night, a 3-minute rule game (game terminated when margin is 20-points or more).
Goodridge, who only had two points in the first half, scored six quick to open the second half including a resounding alley-ooop dunk right in front of a stand of college coaches.
PE led NYC by 36-14 after one half largely as a result of a smothering press that forced turnover after turnover leading to easy layups and/or dunks. Goodridge is the safety in this setup and as a result didn't see the ball too often before the beak.
Exodus NYC, led by 6-foot-3 Chris Lowery and slim 6-8 jumping jack Kenny Agusiorwy, put together a comeback later in the third period only to see PE respond with a steal by Steve Hassell and fast break thundering dunk by Goodridge.
The starters, who had gived PE a 50-24 edge at the end of the third period, took to the bench for most of the closing stanza.
The Brooklyn native said, "I'm wide open," when asked about his school list. He's visited Connecticut and is being recruited by Clemson, Florida State, Georgetown, Mississippi State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Syracuse, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech and many others.
Goodridge said he's working on, "Post moves this summer as well as catch and shoot the 15 foot jumper."
With high majors looking, we shouldn't be surprised that he also has strong academic credentials. "I have a 3.1 (GPA) and scored 850 on the SAT," he said.
So what's going to be important, basketball-wise, for this powerful player. "I'll be looking at how the coaches will develop me and how they've done with other big men."
Decision time? Well that will come when he and his mom decide what's the best option. Goodridge previously told Insiders Report, "I will wait until the Fall before I take some visits." So all his suitors have the rest of summer to show why they should be his program.