INDIANAPOLIS — Taylor County’s Quentin Goodin hoped to make a college decision this summer in an effort to finish the recruiting process and focus on his senior year of high school.
Instead, with coaching changes shifting the college basketball landscape, the Top 100 guard has eased up on his timeline just a tad.
“I’m trying to see who is recruiting me the hardest,” Goodin said.
As it stands, Goodin said Louisville, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State, Texas and Western Kentucky are in contact with him the most, and he wants to take his official visits in the coming months. The only upcoming visit he currently has planned — an unofficial one to Xavier — is slated for June.
Goodin took an unofficial visit to Louisville for the Duke game in January. Even as Minnesota, Ohio State, Texas and WKU seem to be making the hardest pushes for the point guard’s services, it’s hard to ignore Louisville’s good standing with him.
The Cardinals are his family’s favorite team, and Louisville is just a 90-minute drive from his home in Campbellsville.
“I trust Louisville because of (assistant coach Kenny Johnson),” Goodin said. “He said they were going to offer me, that Coach Pitino just wanted to see me. It was hard during the season because they were going through a lot with Chris Jones and all that. I understood what took them so long. But once they offered me, we’ve stayed in contact. We talk in and out. I know it’s a business.”
Johnson was at the adidas Uprising Gauntlet Series here in Indianapolis on Friday monitoring top-rated Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith Jr., whose Team Loaded squad played at the same time as Goodin’s Hoop Dreams.
Goodin had 14 points, four rebounds and three assists in a Hoop Dreams loss. He shot just 4 of 11, but Goodin said his primary focus was moving the ball and finding his teammates. His athleticism, though, was still on full display at the end of the first half, when he snatched a steal at halfcourt and thundered in a breakaway windmill dunk.
He did it in front of scores of coaches who gathered to watch him and Hoop Dreams teammates Aric Holman and Eli Wright.
Florida coach Billy Donovan was there, as was Auburn coach Bruce Pearl. Assistants from Duke, East Carolina, Eastern Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio State and Texas were all perched along the sidelines, among many others.
Goodin and Hoop Dreams play again at 10:35 a.m. on Saturday.