Freshly graduated from Taylor County High School in Campbellsville, KY, guard Quentin Goodin is heading towards his freshman year with Xavier. He's made sure to leave an impact on his way to Cincinnati.
Goodin meant business during his time at Taylor County. By junior year with the Cardinals, Goodin was averaging 21.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. Senior year, Goodin amped up his stats, averaging 22.9 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 4.8 assists. Both years Goodin helped lead Taylor County to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association's state basketball championship, culminating in a run to the quarterfinals his senior year.
And let's not forget to mention his dropping a school record-setting 2,968 points by the time he swapped his jersey for a graduation cap.
Understandably, Goodin captured nationwide attention. Ranked 92 in ESPN's top 100 recruit rankings, Goodin also was named Gatorade's 2016 Player of the Year in the state of Kentucky for his basketball prowess, commitment to academic rigor, and community involvement.
It's clear that Goodin has already developed a taste for entering a championship arena. No doubt he is looking to continue deep post-seasons with Coach Mack and the Xavier Musketeers.
Having signed Goodin since 2015, Xavier is certainly ready for the 6'3 guard to being his reign on the court. As remarked in the Cincinnati Enquirer, coach Chris Mack noted that Goodin will "add athleticism and quickness to our backcourt."
ESPN expert Paul Biancardi posited that Goodin could provide necessary depth to the Musketeers in order to offset the graduation of skilled guard Remy Abell. Goodin's adept ball-handling and his excursion of "guard power" may well be key components to Xavier's battle for the top of the Big East.
We still have a few months before the court of public opinion (read: twitter) gets to officially critique Goodin in the navy and gray. Until then, here is a highlight video of Goodin's high school hoops. (Semi-Related Sidenote: My favorite part is the fadeaway intro of his face in the beginning.)