With our second-ranked recruiting class set, thanks to the signings of Tony Parker, Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA can now focus on the 2012-13 season.
Or can we?
Apparently not, because UCLA’s got another offer floatin’ around out there that’s still being considered. The dude’s name? Savon Goodman, a wingman from Philadelphia, PA. He’s a four-star recruit and is ranked the 100th best player in the class of 2012 in ESPNU’s top 100 basketball recruits.
Of course, the aforementioned UCLA signees are pushing hard for Goodman to commit to Ben Howland’s program, and this is some damn good news. Adding another top 100 player to our class — consisting of two top 50 players and two top-five players — would seriously give us a rotation of freshmen that could very well dominate the Pac-12 by themselves (but won’t need to, since we have solid role players returning next season).
I have yet to see Savon Goodman play, and if I’m being cynical, I would say we have quite a few wings as it is in this class, with Shabazz playing the 2-guard, Kyle Anderson playing a 6’7” point guard and Jordan Adams playing the three spot. Goodman might just get lost in the rotation. Conversely, he adds more depth to a UCLA team that struggled with conditioning — for some reason — last year. Getting fresh legs as much as possible is crucial to our success this upcoming basketball season.
Regardless, the more recruits, the merrier. With Larry Drew, a transfer from UNC, set to step on in True Blue and Gold for the first time in his career, along with the returning of formidable bigs in the Wear Twins and all-potential-in-the-world-blessed Josh Smith, things could be looking pretty disgustingly awesome for UCLA.
If we cannot nab Savon Goodman, it won’t be the end of the world. However, it’d be very nice to add serious depth while also topping a John Calipari-run program, because we all hate that guy.