Goodridge Keeps UConn On Short LIst

His list of schools is getting shorter.

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- As if the hustle and bustle of Sin City isn't enough to deal with, Vernon Goodridge found himself deflecting commitment rumors on Thursday morning at the Pangos Midnight Madness.

Goodridge, who played here with Rick Barrett's New Jersey Gym Rat program, denied making an oral commitment to Mississippi State.

He did acknowledge that the Bulldog program was one of his three top choices, alongside Connecticut and Georgetown.

Interestingly enough, coaches from Georgetown and UConn were not spotted at the Midnight Madness event, but both Seton Hall and Mississippi State brought their entire staffs. Florida State, another school looking at Goodridge, was also well represented.

"I haven't committed at this time," Goodridge. "I will let everyone know when I am going to commit."

The 6-9 power forward/center from Brooklyn said that he didn't have a clue about how the commitment rumors got started.

"I was on my way down here and my mom called me," Goodridge said. "She was getting phone calls asking her if I had committed. She would know, she's my mom, she knows what I am doing."

There's a bit of a Brooklyn connection to the Mississippi State program, as borough natives Todd Myles and Gary Ervin have suited up for the Bulldogs in recent years. Myles completed his eligibility some years back. Ervin will be a sophomore for MSU this winter.

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