BOWIE – Former New Mexico prodigy Jordan Goodman was on the verge of becoming a household name for the Lobos just a season ago, but injuries hampered his chances of seeing the court for the majority of his 2014-2015 campaign. Goodman played 12 games at New Mexico until he was shut down with season-ending foot […]
BOWIE – Former New Mexico prodigy Jordan Goodman was on the verge of becoming a household name for the Lobos just a season ago, but injuries hampered his chances of seeing the court for the majority of his 2014-2015 campaign.
Goodman played 12 games at New Mexico until he was shut down with season-ending foot surgery, only to have his scholarship stripped away shortly after. The 6-foot-8 forward was unceremoniously released by the team after his decision to transfer and move back to the east coast.
“Every time that he lands on it he is in excruciating pain,” said New Mexico Head Coach Craig Neal about the level of severity of Goodman’s injury. “He wanted to continue to play, but it is my job to protect all of my players, especially him.
“He has a lot of talent, he is a great kid, and we expected a lot of things from him, but at the same time we weren’t able to get a lot of his potential or ability playing wise because he was hurt.”
Nevertheless, Goodman wanted to come back home to his old stomping grounds in Prince George’s County to have a second chance with the Bowie State University Bulldogs. Hailing for Riverdale, Goodman was somewhat of a late bloomer at basketball. He attended Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School as a freshman, but never saw the floor.
Tragedy struck Jordan at an early age after the passing of his best friend at the age of 11 in a car crash, and he dealt with the death of his mother when he was only 14-years-old. Goodman had to try and cope with his losses and tried to find stability in his life despite relocating from different schools as a youngster. However, Goodman found inspiration in the work ethic his mother displayed before her untimely death.
“My mom had a chronic illness for eight years and I watched my mom go to work every day, so there was never a thought about quitting,” Goodman said. “I watched a woman wake up every day and take care of me so there was never an issue of quitting.”
Only playing three years of high school basketball, Goodman turned heads with his raw talent and scoring ability. Jordan was a highly touted recruit as a rising junior for Seneca Valley High School and received all-county honors. During his first season playing basketball at Seneca Valley, Goodman averaged 18.9 points-per-game and 13.2 rebounds-per-game as a sophomore.
After bouncing around once again from four different high schools, Goodman landed in Jacksonville, Florida for his final two years of high school at Arlington Country Day High School.
Goodman committed to Georgetown, Rutgers and Texas Tech in high school, but decided to take the junior college route when he enrolled at Harcum College in Pennsylvania. Recruits salivated over his upside and Division I potential during his two-year run at Harcum. Goodman showed he was a leader on the court when the star forward guided his team to the NJAA Division I Final Four in 2014. During Harcum’s run in the postseason, Goodman averaged over 18 points-per-game and five rebounds-per-contest as well.
Despite his undeniable talent, Goodman reportedly received mixed reviews from scouts who regularly covered him. A lack of maturity, and sometimes reckless play on the court, made certain teams question if he would be a cornerstone for their program. Nevertheless, as a one of the top Junior College prospects in the nation, Jordan enticed Coach Neal to take a chance on him. Neal claimed Goodman was slated to be his starting forward coming into camp with the hopes of a national championship bid in mind.
“Going home every day to know that you let your coaches down, and your teammates down, yourself down, and your fans down…it beats you up,” said Goodman about not being able to perform at New Mexico. “I remember talking to my dad and saying this might be one of the hardest things that I have ever done in my life.”
Goodman’s experience at New Mexico was injury-riddled, and his body never allowed him the opportunity to show the country what he could truly do. Despite Goodman’s rise to Division I and fall to Division II, he believed he had unfinished business to take care off.
Under the tutelage of Bowie State University Head Coach Darrell Brooks, Goodman impressed the veteran coach early this season during the first seven games of play. During that time, Goodman led the Bulldogs in scoring and seemed to have turned the corner despite the reputation he brought with him.
However, his success on the court came to another abrupt halt. Goodman has recently missed the last few games of play after Coach Brooks suspended him until further notice, per Bowie State University Sports Information Director Gregory Goings. Just when Goodman looked to finish his senior year with the hopes of possibly making it to the NBA, he found himself in the coaches’ doghouse. Bowie State acknowledged he will be suspended indefinitely for failure to adhere to team standards.
Coach Darrell Brooks was initially astounded at how well Jordan meshed with his teammates at the beginning of the regular season.
“He has come in and fit in…he is emerging as a leader and I’m really pleased with everything that he has done academically, basketball wise, and the whole thing,” Brooks said after winning their third-straight game of the season against the University of the District of Columbia. “He has matured and he is just doing a good job. He is trying to have a good senior year and that is what he is doing.”
Only time will tell if this young promising talent with a troubled and obstacle past will either be a rising star or an afterthought by the end of this season.
Goodman has shown he is resilient and has the talent and support system to recover from a minor setback.
The Jordan Goodman journey is far from over.