Xavier University head coach Chris Mack announced the signing of two talented four-star high school stars, Quentin Goodin, a 6-3 and 190-pound point guard from Campbellsville, Ky., and Tyrique Jones, a 6-7 and 245-pound forward from Saxtons River, Vt. Xavier’s recruiting class is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation by ESPN.
“I am really excited to announce the signing of Tyrique Jones and Quentin Goodin,” said Mack. “Xavier fans are going to enjoy Tyrique and Quentin. They are now officially a part of Xavier Basketball and I couldn't be more excited to add them this summer.”
Goodin, a Scout.com four-star recruit who attends Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, Ky., is rated as the No. 71 senior by Rivals.com, No. 74 by Scout.com, No. 89 by 247Sports.com and No. 95 by ESPN.com. All of the services have him ranked as the top player in the state of Kentucky. Goodin played with the 17-under St. Louis Eagles of the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL). He also played for Indiana Elite in AAU at the 17-under age division.
“Quentin is a big point guard who will add athleticism and quickness to our backcourt,” said Mack. “He's very difficult to keep out of the lane, initiates contact and is a physical guard. He takes pride in playing hard on both ends of the floor.”
Goodin earned First Team All-State honors as a junior after averaging 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping Taylor County reach the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1983. Goodin earned All-District and All-Region honors each of his first three years and Second Team All-State as a sophomore. Goodin, the school’s all-time leading scorer entering his senior year, earned Nike Top 100, 2015 Adidas All-American and 2015 Under Armour All-American camp invitations in addition to being a part of the USA Development Team twice at ages 13 and 14.
“Xavier is a great fit for Quentin,” said Taylor County head coach Richard Gatewood. “He wants to play in the NCAA Tournament and that’s a tradition at Xavier. Coach Mack is a great coach and he is getting a great player and an even better person. Quentin is physically strong and he’s awful hard to stop when gets going downhill. He has earned all those accolades. He’s a gym rat and he works hard in the classroom as well as his 3.7 GPA proves.”
Jones, an ESPN and Scout.com four-star recruit who attends Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vt., is ranked as the No. 21 power forward the No. 89 player overall in the country by ESPN. He is ranked by NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com as the No. 6 prospect in 2016 in New England.
“Tyrique is a fearless and tenacious rebounder,” said Mack. “He's quick, strong and plays with an edge our fans and players will love. He's a tough kid and loves Xavier. I can't wait until he arrives on campus.”
Jones played AAU Basketball with the New York Rens (Adidas Gauntlet Circuit under coach Andy Borman) and Expressions Elite (Nike Elite Youth Basketball League under coach Todd Quarles). He was also a 2014 Reebok All-American camp invitee and a 2015 Adidas All-American camp invitee.
As a senior last season at Vermont Academy, Jones averaged 14.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game while earning Class AA All-NEPSAC Team honors and leading Vermont Academy to the Class AA NEPSAC Finals. Jones is now in his post-graduate year at Vermont Academy.
“I believe Tyrique Jones to be the best rebounder in the Class of 2016,” said Vermont Academy head coach Alex Popp. “He may also have the most infectious personality. His energy is unrivaled, and is contagious to teammates and coaches alike. I have a feeling he will become a fan favorite in Cincinnati. We at Vermont Academy are excited to follow his success.”
Jones, who was voted First Team All-State by the Hartford Courant as a junior, played three seasons at Bloomfield High School before attending Vermont Academy. Jones averaged 10.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game as a junior at Bloomfield High, leading his team to the Class S State Semifinals.