TAYLOR COUNTY, 6-4, Jr., G
On the floor: Strong, athletic point guard is arguably the best junior in the state, and he’s a national recruit, ranked No. 62 in the 2016 class by Rivals.com. After a third-team All-State sophomore season, he stepped up to average 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. He’ll be a top Mr. Basketball candidate next year.
Off the floor: Goodin is a frequent visitor to Taylor County Elementary School and serves as a role model to young students there, coach Richard Gatetwood said. “That means the world to them because for kids that age, Quentin Goodin is the Michael Jordan of Taylor County right now,” Gatewood said. “But to have had all the accomplishments he’s had, he is so humble.”
Future: Goodin is considering 12 colleges, including Louisville, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan and Minnesota, and plans to trim the list soon.
Quotable: “He became more of a leader this year,” Gatewood said. “He’s gotten stronger, and he keeps growing. He’s about 6-4, 185 now, and to think of a point guard of that size, that’s an NBA type point guard at that size. He’s getting better every day, learning more. He’s special. He’s the type of player you see every 10 or 15 years.”