Jordan Goodwin Does An About Face As He Commits To A10 School

By Roy & Harv Schmidt

August 12, 2016

1:30 P.M. CST

Yes, folks, the world of college basketball recruiting serves as a constant reminder that there are no absolutes in life and that things are ever-changing.  And right now nowhere is this more evident than with the recruitment of our #1 ranked player in Illinois from the class of 2017--Jordan Goodwin.  We say this in light of the 6'3 guard from Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, IL closing things out today by announcing via Twitter that he has committed to St. Louis University and head coach Travis Ford.

Goodwin ended up choosing the Billikens over Illinois and Northwestern and that in itself immediately leads to several questions as to how his decision came about.  Why do we say this?  Well, for the better part of the past year, Goodwin had repeatedly stated how the Illini were right at the top of his list of schools and how they would be difficult to turn down due to his strong friendship with 6'10 center Jeremiah Tilmon, who is a 2017 Illini commit.  Tilmon plays for the same travel team as Goodwin (the St. Louis Eagles) and hails from the same geographical area in nearby St. Louis.  Goodwin also has a good relationship with Illinois assistant coach Jamall Walker, who recruited him from the get-go, as Goodwin had long been the top recruiting priority in the 2017 class for Groce and his staff.

To simplify things, Goodwin's recruitment took an immediate and abrupt turn when Ford hired away Corey Tate from Missouri to become an assistant coach at St. Louis.  The significance of that hire cannot possibly be overemphasized.  That is because Tate was Goodwin's former AAU coach on the travel team circuit with the Eagles, someone who Goodwin obviously feels a great deal of comfort with.

From there, Ford put on a full-court press in the hopes of landing Goodwin's services.  He attended every game that Goodwin played with the Eagles at the Jayhawk Summer Finale in Kansas City during the final week of the July Evaluation Period.

Ford also sees Goodwin as a player who can be the face of his program.  The notion is that by playing at St. Louis, Goodwin can pretty much be given "the key to the city", a comment which Goodwin himself referenced on Twitter in the week leading up to his commitment.  Goodwin believes that he can be a quality college point guard and there is no question that Ford is willing to put the ball in his hands from day one.

Goodwin established himself as Illinois Prep Bulls-eye's #1 player in the state from the 2017 class when we watched him last February at the Bank Of O'Fallon Shootout, an event he was clearly dominant at.  He is a proven winner, as evidenced by the fact that he led Belleville Althoff to the Class 3A state championship in Peoria last March.  In addition, Goodwin also turned in outstanding performances during the Spring Evaluation Period.

Goodwin is relentless on the glass, dynamite in transition and he has greatly improved in the one area that had been labeled a question mark--his perimeter shooting.  The majority of his point production comes as a result of his workmanlike effort, and there simply isn't another player in Illinois with a more diverse skill set.

With Goodwin's commitment, he becomes the first commitment in the 2017 class for Ford and the Billikens.  As we said, when looking at how Goodwin's commitment went down, it proves that recruiting is fluid.  And while it can often lead to methods and strategies which could certainly be regarded by many as questionable, they are not illegal. 

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