Goodridge: Still Interested In UCONN

Vernon Goodridge is still on the radar screen for the Connecticut basketball program

The Connecticut basketball program has narrowed its focus down to a select few recruits for the 2005 class. And Vernon Goodridge, a 6-foo-9 center from Brooklyn, New York, still indicates an interest in the National Champions.

"They are on my list," he said. "I haven't set up an official visit but I am still considering them."

Goodridge, who will play again this season for Darryl Schofield's Lutheran Christian Academy in Philadelphia, Penn., told the Insiders Report there are no more planned unofficial visits in August. "Anything can change but right now I am just relaxing," Goodridge said. "I plan to take some official visits in September once I go back to school."

Goodridge named his list: "Mississippi State, Florida State, Illinois, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut are on my list. I don't have a leader."

Connecticut is also recruiting Andrew Bynum and John Garcia very hard. Bynum, only 16-years old, has a great deal of upside to his game. Garcia, who recently took a visit to St. John's, plans on visiting Connecticut in late August. Garcia will take trips to Seton Hall (Monday) and Pittsburgh (Tuesday) unofficially.

Goodridge had a solid summer. He has improved his offensive moves and his production also in that side of his game. He has always been a great shot-blocking big man with terrific timing. It's likely come spring he will give some thought to jumping to the NBA out of prep school, according to sources close to Vernon.

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