Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Savon Goodman, the No. 7 small forward in the Class of 2012, will announce his college choice Tuesday evening on Comcast in Philadelphia and a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer says he will land at Villanova.
“I’m leaning toward ‘Nova, but I’m not committed at this time,” the 6-foot-6, 210-pound swingman told the paper. “I will make my decision within the week.”
The paper quoted an unnamed source close to Goodman who said: “He loved everything about ‘Nova, everything about the program from the academics on down. The main piece is he is a homebody. He wants his family to see him play.”
Kevin Givens, Goodman’s coach at Academy of the New Church, said in a phone interview Goodman would choose from among Villanova, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas.
“I think it may be between Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova,” Givens said.
Goodman, who cannot sign a Letter of Intent until November 2011, was selected MVP of last week’s State Farm Tournament of Champions in Chicago. He put up 24 points and 14 rebounds to lead Academy of the New Church over No. 1 Findlay Prep, 56-50, in the championship game. He averaged 16 points in the round-robin tournament.
“He’s an open floor type of player,” Givens said. “The kid’s got a heart like nobody else. Every coach who recruits him says, ‘We just want him on our side and we want him on the floor.’ He’s unbelievable in terms of his motivation and energy on the court.”
Villanova already has one 2012 commit in 6-4 point guard Ryan Arcidiacono of Langhorne (Pa.) Neshaminy.
“Coach [Jay] Wright is definitely a good individual,” Goodman told the Inquirer. “He definitely would show me the family aspect if I was to attend Villanova”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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