Ho hum. Landing Top 100 caliber recruits is becoming about as routine as 100-degree days in the summertime in Las Vegas for UNLV head coach Dave Rice.
Rice capped what is arguably the finest recruiting class in Runnin’ Rebels history on Friday when forward Savon Goodman of Constitution High School in Philadelphia signed a written offer of financial aid with UNLV.
The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Goodman, who originally committed to Villanova, averaged 26 points and nine rebounds as a senior while earning Parade All-American honors. He was ranked the nation’s No. 72 prospect in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com and picked the Rebels over Pitt and SMU.
“We are excited about Savon joining our program,” Rice said. “He is a winner and brings great energy on every possession. He can guard multiple positions and will be explosive in our transition game. He has a tremendous work ethic and we look forward to his development over the next many seasons.”
“Savon is a tremendous athlete with NBA upside,” Constitution coach Rob Moore told SNY.tv and ZagsBlog.com. “He chose UNLV as it fits his desire to get up and down the court. He is very competitive and plans to fight for playing time from day one. … He will be an asset to the UNLV family.”
Goodman, who is expected to enroll in UNLV this summer and join the team for its August tour of Canada, joins a recruiting class that includes McDonald’s All-American Anthony Bennett (6-8, 230) of nearby Findlay Prep, point guard Daquan Cook of Baltimore, Bishop Gorman shot-blocker/track star Demetris Morant, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei sharpshooter Katin Reinhardt and three highly touted transfers who all dotted Top 100 lists as preps – forward Khem Birch (Pitt), guard Bryce Dejean-Jones (USC) and forward Roscoe Smith (UConn).
So just how athletic is Goodman? Check out this video of one of his dunks this season and judge for yourself.