The Memphis Tigers basketball program got a diamond in the ruff when they signed forward Shaq Goodwin. I know he was a nationally ranked recruit and has numerous high school accolades, but I don’t think anyone imagined the skill set he would bring to the Tigers program.
The freshman seemed to be all over the place in the Tiger’s win against North Florida Ospreys on Monday night. He got rebounds (7). He scored points (8). Two things you would expect from a post player.
However, Goodwin brought another dimension to the Tiger’s team from the post position.
He also had three steals and two assists. If you were able to watch the game, you even witnessed the huge 6’9 246 pound forward getting a steal and leading the fast break. You would not expect a player as big as Goodwin quickly jumping in front of players the way he did to steal the ball in the post.
Goodwin not only brought energy to the team but to a front court that will definitely catch opponents off guard.
Goodwin is not only a big post player. He is a big post player that looks to pass the ball. This will benefit junior forward Tarik Black, who finished the game with 18 points and seven rebounds, and the other post players greatly.
“In high school, I was the biggest thing on the team,” Goodwin said to the Commercial Appeal. “I like to pass, so having another big body like Tarik Black is amazing. (The Tigers’ high-low offense) is going to be ugly this year (for opponents).”
Tiger opponents are going to have a hard time coming up with a game plan to defend them. Double teaming the post players may not be an option.
Patosha Jeffery is the Memphis Tigers Featured Columnist at Rant Sports. Be sure to follow her on Twitter: @patoshajeffery and add her Google + to your circles for all of her latest articles and thoughts.