Upstate Forward Has Chance To Be D-1 Player's High School East Coast basketball recruiting expert Mike Sullivan had an opportunity to speak to Albany City Rocks program director Jim Hart about some of the better players in the upstate New York region ...

The Albany City Rocks have traditionally been one of the more recognized AAU programs in the upstate region of New York. But program director Jim Hart and his many coaches have worked very hard to make it appreciated also on a national level.

One recent example if the verbal commitment by guard Jimmer Fredette, who gave his word to play for BYU next winter. Fredette is a player that thrived at Glen Falls High School as well as in the Albany City Rocks program.

Another player to keep an eye on over the next two years is 2008 prospect Mike Goodman, who also plays at CBA. Goodman is a player that impressed us first at the Rumble in the Bronx two years ago when the younger Albany City Rocks team won the title for its age bracket.

Goodman makes his teammates better too. "He does so many things well on the court," Hart said. "He reminds me a lot of Shane Battier the way he does so many different things well."

How high a level he goes will obviously depend upon his progression as an individual player. He could go high as more programs evaluate him and see the positives that he brings to the table.

"The coaches and people at CBA know him the best," Hart said. "They know how good he is. Maybe more colleges will see that too. I think they will."

Goodman, a 6-foot-6 forward, always works hard. He is a solid passer, good rebounder, and can score in traffic.

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