INDIANAPOLIS — If the recruitment of Quentin Goodin — a Campbellsville, Ky., point guard in the Class of 2016 — comes down to the in-state powers of Kentucky, it could get a little bit ugly. His family has split allegiances.
“My dad’s side of the family are Louisville fans,” Goodin said Friday after his Kentucky Hoop Dreams squad fell at the Adidas Invitational. “I kind of grew up on my dad’s side of the family being a Louisville fan. But my other side of the family is Kentucky fans, so it’s a little bit split. Then I just started making my decision that I’m not going to cheer for no team because every time they play, there’s some kind of argument, so I just let that go.”
His decision is a long way off, but he is at least entertaining the notion of choosing a school that neither faction is particularly fond of. Indiana is one of five schools that have already offered Goodin, and he’s already taken two visits to Bloomington, both of which have gone very well.
“It was real exciting,” Goodin said. “… I got to meet everybody, everybody was nice. Great people. They’re just real great people. I could see myself there.”
IU coach Tom Crean is apparently making a major push for that. Though Goodin said he also has offers from Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky and Northern Kentucky, no other school has made it so clear that he is their top priority for the class.
“Coach Crean said he wants me there,” Goodin said. “He’d take me any time, whenever I get ready to sign. He wants me there like right now. He said I’m the first priority and he definitely wants me there.”
It’s easy to see why. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder has a body that already looks close to college ready, an instinctual feel for the game and the ability to put the ball in the bucket with ease.
“He has a lot of intangibles as far as getting after it on the defensive end,” Hoop Dreams coach Mike Scott said. “Jumping in gaps, he can anticipate very well on the defensive end. Getting in the lane, shooting the lanes. And he can fill it up offensively when he gets it going. He sees the floor well, he gives great passes. He’s still got a lot of work to do.”
Goodin admits that. His handle, jumper and floater are good, but they needs to be better, he said. He needs to make better decisions, get a more reliable floater, and communicate better to get his team in line.
“I’m always trying to work on something,” Goodin said.
College squads see that already, and that’s part of the reason so many are interested. That includes Louisville and Kentucky, who are already showing more interest. He’s already visited Louisville several times, and is working on setting one up with Kentucky.
If they offer, it won’t be easy to get him past both sides of his family and to the school to the North, but Crean is apparently determined to try.
Davis picking spots
De’Ron Davis has the potential to be a true do-everything post man. But in the most literal sense, he just has to figure out how to pick his spots.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound rising sophomore power forward from Overland High School in Aurora, Colo., scored a scholarship offer from Indiana almost a year ago because of his length and versatility. He’s a daunting shot-blocker, but he can also be a dangerous offensive weapon. He has the range to hit 3’s, decent post moves and a good hook shot.
But he’s still figuring out how to use it all and sometimes his scoring numbers aren’t reflective of his potential. He scored just five points in a game on Friday for the Colorado Hawks at the Adidas Invitational and the Hawks were eliminated from tournament play with a 66-48 loss to HoopDream Kentucky.
Davis’s goal for the summer, then, is to develop a better court sense.
“My coaches know I can score, but I’m just trying to focus on my spots,” Davis said. “I really do a lot of different moves that I’m not supposed to do at different spots. Like a hook shot too far away or when I should be facing up. I really don’t know right now. I’m really at square one. (My coach Art Williams) is just trying to teach me my spots. “
Williams said he sees the beginnings of progress.
“It’s the speed of the game that he has to adjust to and figure out where those spots are,” Williams said. “But I think he’s developed well and I think he has a pretty good grasp on, ‘OK, this is where I’m going to score. This is where I can get my shot off This is where I can’t do that.’”
Indiana is sticking with him as he’s getting that feel. Williams said IU has remained in constant contact and the Hoosiers had a presence in each of his games this week before the Hawks were eliminated. He also has offers from Arkansas, Colorado, and Purdue and has interest from Arizona, Arizona State and Kansas.
Indiana has maintained a presence albeit a smaller one in Davis’s Hawks teammate Austin Conway. The Hoosiers are still checking in on the 5-foot-10, 165-pound point guard, but his recruitment is spreading out. He still has some interest from Arizona and Kansas, but he’s had increased interest from academic powers such as Stanford, Vanderbilt and Northwestern as well as Harvard, Princeton and Pennsylvania.
Gordon to see IU through older brother
Eron Gordon’s family already has experience with Indiana through his oldest brother Eric, who starred in Bloomington in 2007-08 before going straight to the NBA. That was a different regime, however, and Eron was much younger.
Now that the middle Gordon brother Evan is on campus, however, the North Central rising sophomore will use a much more critical eye. Evan, a transfer from Arizona State, is playing in Bloomington for his senior season.
“That’s going to make a difference,” Eron Gordon said. “It’s not really going to push me more on to Indiana, but what it’s going to do is give me a greater look inside Indiana. I feel like I’ll be a little bit more behind the scenes.”
Gordon has had offers from Indiana and Purdue since last year when he was still in eighth grade. That’s starting to spread out. Gordon said he’s now hearing from Baylor, Gonzaga, Ohio State and UCLA.