Shandon Goldman, a 6-9 stretch forward with range, brings interesting background with him to Pullman for official visit

IN HIGH SCHOOL, where he was dubbed by the local paper in Lincoln, Ark., as the best basketball player in Lincoln High history, shooting forward Shandon “Biggie” Goldman attracted notable interest from the likes of Boston College, Clemson, Iowa and Utah State. But with only 190 pounds on his 6-9 frame, lack of bulk was a concern.

So he delayed the start of his college clock “to build some muscle,” as his dad, Greg, told the Washington County Enterprise-Leader back in August. 

That meant prep school, first at a military school in Wisconsin and then, as of January, at Memphis’ Tennessee Prep Academy, which tweeted Wednesday that Goldman is heading to Pullman for an official visit.

He now checks in at 210 pounds.

Presuming his official comes on the heels of a scholarship offer from the Cougars (we have reached out Goldman but had yet to hear back as of press time), Washington State would appear to be his first major-conference offer in this recruiting cycle.

His other offers are believed to include American University, Youngstown State, Florida International, UNC-Asheville and Tennessee Tech, with New Mexico and Evansville lurking.

WSU currently has four signed members — two guards and two shooting forwards — in its 2016 recruiting class and room for two more.

Goldman grew 10 inches between his freshman and senior years of high school. There were times “when he forgot how big his feet had gotten and he would get called for stepping on the out of bounds lines," his high school coach, Tim Rich, told’s Hawkeye Insider in February 2015.

"That was the hardest thing for him as he shot up was developing and adding muscle and strength.

"People have known about his (outside) shooting for a long time," Rich said. "But when he got to 6-9, the phone calls really started coming in.”

As a senior at Lincoln High in 2014-15, Goldman played point forward and averaged 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists per game and shot 40 percent from downtown.


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