It’s hard to figure out how Jordan Goodwin will fit in at the next level. All the 6-3 junior from Althoff Catholic (Belleville, Ill.) does is win and stuff the stat sheet.
The 247Sports.com’s composite listings have him (but not his photo) at No. 90, well below many of the players he’s been outplaying through the first two sessions for the St. Louis Eagles in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League. Through seven games, he’s leading the team averages in scoring (17.6), rebounding (10.3), assists (4.0) and is second on the team in steals (1.4).
“Based on the past couple of weekends, I really can’t put a limit on him,” said Tim Holloway, the president and director of the St. Louis Eagles. “It’s his will to win. His tenacity in how he competes and his unselfishness. He reminds me a lot of Paul Pierce, someone who has a little bit of an old style in his game.”
Going into the EYBL season, Goodwin’s biggest offer was from Illinois. In the past few days, Texas and Connecticut have offered.
“It doesn’t surprise me because they see what drive he has and that’s something you can’t teach,” Holloway said.
Goodwin’s problem is maybe he can do too many things, so he’s hard to categorize. He’s not even sure what his best position is.
“I think I can play anywhere in college, except maybe the five,” Goodwin said. “I’m just trying to show how good I am, how unselfish I am as a team player and a leader. I’m just trying to lead my team to an EYBL championship and basically show them my game.”
Holloway laughs at Goodwin’s willingness to guard any player.
“No matter who it is, he’ll say, ‘Coach, let me check him,’ ” Holloway said. “In college, he could play the point or (shooting guard). As an organization, we never direct where they should go. We try to advise the player and the family, looking at the way a college plays, the demeanor of a coach and how he uses his players. For a kid like that, I believe no matter where he goes, he’ll fit it. A lot of times in the EYBL, we don’t have a lot of time to scout teams and he figures it out on the fly. He has a high basketball IQ.”
Goodwin led Althoff to a Class 3A state title in basketball and as a starting outside linebacker and tight end, helped his school finish runner-up in Class 4A in football. Goodwin didn’t start playing football until his sophomore year, but while his future is in basketball, he has benefited from the physical nature of the gridiron.
“I think it helps with my aggressiveness, getting to the basket and finishing,” Goodwin said. “Playing two sports keeps me active all year, football, the weight room and basketball. I’m in shape, I can run. Playing in football keeps me in shape.”
Until recently, most of the schools on Goodwin’s list were in the Midwest: Illinois, Northwestern, Creighton, Missouri, and Purdue.
“I want to go someplace where I can play,” Goodwin said. “If that means, I have to go away 20 hours, it will be hard on my parents, but it may be the best fit for me.”
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