UCONN Big Man Target Setting Up Trips

Vernon Goodridge is ready to start taking some trips

Due the the slim pickings for big men in the class of 2005, many of the top centers/power forwards are very highly valued at this stage of the recruiting process. With the possibility of players jumping early to the NBA, high profile programs like Connecticut have to protect itself from losing their great athletes before they graduate.

This is one particular reason why Jim Calhoun's program has offers out there to a few big men. As noted in the previous story, Jeff Adrien, a 6-foot-6 power forward, might take a visit this weekend. There is an offer for Adrien if he wishes to take it.

But Connecticut is also hustling after several other big men -- including Vernon Goodridge, whose recruiting took a southern twist in early July. Mississippi State can now be considered one of his top schools along with Connecticut, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and Georgetown.

Goodridge had a terrific summer. He showed his usual good defensive skills -- blocking shots, rebounding, and defending. But he also picked up his offensive game during the summer and has started to progress on his low post moves.

According to sources close to Goodridge, Vernon is likely to visit Seton Hall next Wednesday and perhaps take a trip to Mississippi State. If Goodridge, who has already taken trips to Connecticut and Georgetown unofficially, decides on either of those visits, then Connecticut has a more narrow list to choose from regarding big people.

The next two weeks could decide whether Goodridge makes his decision. Then the school that lands Goodridge will likely have to sweat out an NBA decision on whether to enter the draft in 205 of June.

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