Savon Goodman continues to play coy about his decision for 2012. He hasn’t ruled out prep school. He hasn’t ruled out playing this year, with his family stating that he is eligible.
He was in Pittsburgh this past weekend for the Under Armour Hoop Group Pittsburgh Jam Fest. But…
This wasn’t the best weekend for Savon Goodman, who struggled offensively in a half-court setting
That was echoed in other reviews of performances.
The 6’6” forward mainly floated around the perimeter and when he did take the ball to the hoop, had trouble finishing — a rarity for him. On the recruiting front, Goodman said he has no particular list at the moment but claimed offers from Pittsburgh and Temple as well as interest from UCLA and St. John’s, adding that Villanova is out of the picture.
The possibility remains that Goodman will take a prep year and join the 2013 class but he is still unsure of when that decision will come.
“I don’t have much control over that right now,” Goodman said, “my family is handling all of that.”
I’ve been feeling a bit pessimistic about the chances of landing Goodman, the longer he has delayed his decision. It just seems that he is waiting for something else. Something he believes will be a better offer.
It doesn’t help that all signs point that direction both in longing and desired style.
He added that he’s looking to play for a team with a “run n’ gun” style that likes to pressure the ball at the next level. It’s no wonder that Goodman said he’s hoping to garner some interest from John Calipari and Kentucky before it’s all said and done.
It’s no secret that Pitt is not a “run n’ gun” team. They aren’t built that way. It isn’t going to happen. And if that is what Goodman wants — as opposed to just wanting to get an offer from Kentucky — then both sides should just forget it now.
Pitt is a half-court team that wants to be very efficient with its possessions. It isn’t that Pitt won’t try to increase the pace when it can, but they won’t do so by sacrificing efficiency.
Last year, given the injuries and struggles, Pitt was one of the slowest teams in Division 1 basketball with only 62.8 possessions/40 minutes. It should improve this year, but I would be surprised if Pitt’s possessions/40 minutes exceeded much more than 64.
Again, I don’t know how much Goodman really wants to be on a fast-tempo team. As explosive as Kentucky could be, they were not a particularly up-tempo team. Only 66.3 possessions/40 minutes — which is 202d nationally. When you consider some of the other teams he likes to mention: St. John’s (139/67.4), UCLA (245/65.2) and Missouri (177/66.6); then he really doesn’t know what he wants — other than an offer from Kentucky.
Temple, his local team, seems to be more of a fit lately. They were 75th last year with 68.9 possessions/40 minutes.
Honestly, I don’t see him coming to Pitt at this point. I just don’t see Pitt squeezing someone off the team this year for him. So, I would say Temple has become the most likely place for him in 2012. If he preps, I think it is because he wants to get (or believes he will get) an offer from Kentucky or some other big, big name school in 2013.
The latter seems to be where Goodman’s interests lie. In the biggest, best offer he can get.