The Xavier Musketeers got major news on Sunday afternoon when one of the top recruits of 2016 opted to join the fold and commit to the upcoming class. It was a major coup for head coach Chris Mack, and Quentin Goodin could be the next great player for a program that has made the NCAA Tournament in five of Mack’s six seasons with the program.
Goodin is a point guard out of Campbellsville, Kentucky that has received major attention during the recruiting cycle. He is listed at 6’3″ and 175 lbs. Along with others, schools such as Florida, Indiana, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, and Western Kentucky have aggressively recruited him. According to 247Sports, Goodin is a 4-star prospect and the top senior-to-be in his home state.
The recruitment of Goodin was a particularly intriguing one, as it took several twists and turns during the past few years. One particular way to look at this interesting recruitment is through the lens of the Crystal Ball tool of 247Sports, where experts are allowed to make predictions on where they believe a prospect will commit to play during college.
Quentin Goodin’s Crystal Ball:
As illustrated, the projections of the experts constantly went back and forth, with Xavier receiving just 7% of the total ballots. Florida and Louisville led the voting and were in the recruitment until the end, but neither school was able to secure a verbal pledge from Goodin.
In a chat with Today’s U, the prospect out of Kentucky got a chance to talk about his recruitment and his commitment to Xavier on Sunday afternoon.
“Nothing in particular made me commit today,” Goodin told Today’s U, “I made my decision before I arrived on campus that I was going to commit.”
In particular, Goodin cited the opportunity to contribute as a freshman and Xavier’s academic options into his choice.
On the court, Goodin views his creativity, ability to get teammates open, and mid-range game as some of the strongest areas of his game. He is still working to develop “consistency” on the floor and to create more turnovers on defense, but Goodin believes he can make an early impact at the collegiate level if he continues to develop.
Though the Musketeers already have a great deal of talent on their roster highlighted by young players like Trevon Bluiett and JP Macura, the program could be putting together a special class in 2016 and Goodin could the centerpiece of the recruiting class.
Currently, according to 247Sports, the Musketeers now have the top recruiting class in the Big East for 2016 and the No. 13 class nationally. Currently, the class has two commitments from both Goodin and 3-star forward Tyrique Jones. Though Goodin will – and likely should – get a lot of the attention in this class, Jones is a major prospect in his own right, receiving attention from programs including Florida State, Kansas State, Minnesota, and UConn among others. It’s already a talented class and could possibly increase even further with almost a year until the prospects are set to report to campus.
Xavier has been extremely successful over the last few seasons and with the commitment of Quentin Goodin, the Musketeers should be set to continue their recent run. He should bring a great deal of athleticism to the lineup and could be the centerpiece to some very good offensive teams starting in 2016.