Xavier's coaching staff prioritized landing a point guard in the 2016 class over anything else. Sunday afternoon they landed one of the top guard targets on their wish-list when four-star prospect Quentin Goodin committed to Chris Mack and the Musketeers.
Goodin is not only an impressive talent that is rated No. 74 in the country in the 2016 class, the staff also feels he's a perfect fit with the current roster and should upgrade the team on both ends of the court.
At 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds, Goodin brings needed size and athleticism to the Musketeers' backcourt. Currently, Edmond Sumner is the only guard on the roster that has length, athleticism and playmaking skills. Last year in the Big East conference, particularly when Xavier rolled out an undersized backcourt with guys like Dee Davis and Myles Davis playing together, the Musketeers really struggled on the defensive end. Even when players understand the system and can hold their own, an overall lack of team size and quickness can get exposed in the Big East. Adding Goodin to go along with Sumner should give Xavier the option of playing one of the biggest and most athletic backcourts in the conference (Ed's note: Sources told MusketeerReport that Sumner and Goodin played on the same team in an open gym session during Goodin's visit over the weekend and were unreal together.)
On the offensive end, Goodin has always been recognized for his special ability to get into the lane. The staff feels he can be as disruptive to a defense and create paint touches for the Musketeers' offense at a similar level as former star Semaj Christon. This is especially important with all of the skilled shooters currently on the roster. Myles Davis, Trevon Bluiett, J.P. Macura, Makinde London and Kaiser Gates have all shown the ability (or at least the potential) to knock down perimeter shots. Their job gets a lot easier playing along a big-time playmaker that is constantly getting into the lane and collapsing defenses. Goodin made his name as a prospect by scoring in bunches, but as he's continued to mature and develop (especially this summer) he's shown an increased feel and skill level when creating for his teammates and passing. Originally thought of as a wing-scorer by many, Goodin has shown a lot of promise as a lead guard that can run a team over the last year.
His shot has always been the biggest question mark with his game. He shot 32 percent from 3-point range last high school season while playing for Taylor County, but showed great strides this summer during the July live evaluation periods. During the final big AAU tournament of July in Las Vegas, he shot 42.9 percent from three on 26 attempts. He's also shown the ability to knock down the one or two dribble pull-up jumper - an essential trait for athletic guards that rely on blowing past defenders off the bounce.
Defensively, Goodin projects to be a plus-defender at the bare minimum based on his physical tools, and he has the potential to be a lockdown defender. Like many high school prospects, he will have to learn the intricacies of team defense at the college level first. However, his length, quickness and playmaking instincts will make it easier for him to get on the court initially than it is for other young players.
Goodin is seen as a player who is likely just scratching the surface in terms of his potential, which is probably the biggest reason to be excited as a Xavier fan. Sources told MusketeerReport that the staff feels he has the chance to be like Sumner and improve rapidly once he gets on campus. Proper strength training, coaching and skill work could turn a top 100 prospect into a college star if Goodin's career takes the path the Musketeers are hoping.
The addition of Goodin gives Xavier two commitments in the 2016 class as he joins forward Tyrique Jones, who committed at the end of June. After focusing on adding skilled players the last few years, the staff clearly shifted its focus to obtaining more athleticism with this class, and succeeded with its first two commitments. Watching the rest of the class take shape will be interesting. The Musketeers have two scholarships open, and are definitely looking to add at least one more high school prospect. Ideally, that spot would probably go to a center (Taurean Thompson or Dylan Painter) or a long, athletic wing. However, adding another guard that could fit in with Goodin is not out of the question, according to sources. Regardless of who else they add, the Musketeers' coaches have already addressed the biggest concerns (size, athleticism, point guard and post depth) for the 2016 class with Goodin, Jones and RaShid Gaston (transfer from Norfolk State).