Taylor County sophomore point guard Quentin Goodin got to live every young Kentucky basketball player’s dream Thursday as he took an unofficial recruiting visit to the University of Kentucky.
Goodin is currently regarded as the No. 7 point guard and No. 29 overall prospect in 2016, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. The 6’2″ lead guard is also arguably the top player in the state of Kentucky, regardless of class.
His visit to Kentucky’s campus was his first real opportunity to visit and talk with the the Cats’ coaching staff and players in-person. Goodin took the time to recap us on his visit afterward.
“The visit was amazing,” he stated simply. “No doubt that this school is one to think about.”
Although the interest from Kentucky is just now beginning to pick up, many other schools have already jumped all-in on the Campsbellsville native. He already holds offers from Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Samford, Tennessee, Western Kentucky, West Virginia and UAB. Meanwhile, the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Harvard, Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Texas and Wake Forest have all expressed interest as of late.
Because of head coach John Calipari’s ability to seemingly pick and choose the recruits he desires in most years, the recruiting process at Kentucky moves a little more slowly. Nevertheless, the Kentucky staff made it clear that their interest in Goodin was genuine.
“The staff talked to me about how good of a player I was because if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t be on this campus.”
Goodin has not yet received an official offer from the Cats. In fact, Calipari and company have only extended two offers in his class: one to five-star power forward Harry Giles and another to five-star small forward Jayson Tatum.
Yet, despite the lack of an official offer, Goodin says that the home-state school has a secure spot on his list.
“They’re a littler higher on the list because I don’t want to be too far from my family,” he explained. “But there are still [other] schools out there that I like.”
Although listed as a point guard, Goodin is also known as a big-time scorer and is capable of doing a little bit of everything on the court. For those who haven’t yet seen him play, he says his game is a mixture between NBA stars Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving.
“My game is like Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving in my opinion,” said Goodin. “My handle is similar to Chris Paul and my jumper is similar to Kyrie. Still got some work to do on my jump shot but it’s come a long way.”
Goodin earned All-Fifth Region honors last season while averaging 16.1 points, 4.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Taylor County Cardinals. He will look to improve upon those numbers this upcoming season as his team hopes to rebound from a 16-16 record.
The next stop for Goodin will be a trip to Colorado Springs on October 4-5 to participate in a USA Basketball Developmental National Team mini-camp. He’ll be one of 35 prospects training for a shot at the 2014 FIBA 17-and-under World Championships.