Savon Goodman commits to Sun Devils

Savon Goodman commits to Sun Devils

6-6 combo forward Savon Goodman visited Tempe last weekend, and today he officially became the newest member of Arizona State's basketball 2014 class. Devils Digest caught up with the newest Sun Devil following his pledge to talk about his decision.

"Their family atmosphere and coaches are better than any school I was involved with," Goodman explained. "When I came on my visit the coaches really showed interest in me. They showed me that if I was going to be part of the team they really were going to treat me like family.

"My decision was based on what was best for me and where I was going to be the most comfortable. Everyone I met on campus was a great group of people and showed me how much they wanted me to be part of the team and that's how I felt too."

The 6-6 215-pound Savon Goodman signed with UNLV out of the Academy Of The New Church Boys out of Bryn Athyn, Penn. As a freshman for the Runnin' Rebels Goodman played sparingly and averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Scout.com's evaluation of his prior to his UNLV commit portrayed him a physical player and strong inside presence.

"Goodman looks like he could play football as well as basketball. There is no better physical specimen in the (2012) class, and he uses that strength and athleticism to his advantage. Goodman loves to drive to the bucket and finish through contact. Also he attacks the glass. Shooting is a major growth area for Goodman has he can really struggle from beyond the arc and in the mid-range."

"I think I can be an interchangeable guy for Arizona State," Goodman commented. "I'm a player that can do a little bit of everything. I'm a tweener between a wing guard and a power forward. I feel that with the (ASU) offense it doesn't matter what position you play because I know they need rebounding and that's something I know I can do. I feel that I'm not great at one thing, but I can do everything well. I feel I can defend a 1 to a 4 and I look forward to being ASU's lockdown defender. I just have different intangibles, I play hard and I have a good feel for the game.

"I'm just so happy to go somewhere where I can be back on the floor playing. Whatever the coaches want me to do I'm fine with. Last time I played was the 2013 (NCAA) tournament. That is my only goal now, is to get back to that tournament."

Goodman's forced hiatus was due to pleading guilty to petty theft and trespass charges while at UNLV. In 2013 he transferred to Indian Hills Junior College (he didn't play last season) who's head coach at the time Barret Peery, is now part of the ASU staff as an assistant coach.

"I appreciate the (ASU) coaches giving me a second chance," Goodman admitted. "Coach Peery being there is a big plus because he knows my game and he knows me as a person. We developed a very strong relationship and I look up to him a as coach and he's a good family guy.

"I know I am looking forward to taking advantage of that second chance and making good decisions. That was the stupidest mistake I ever did and I know I can stay out trouble and I look forward to being around my coaches every day and be part of this family atmosphere. They are going to keep my head on straight with basketball and school."

Goodman is a three for three year player in terms of eligibility and chose Arizona State over Oklahoma.

"My goal is to get there (to ASU) as quickly as possible," Goodman stated, "start up with summer school and get acclimated to the program, to the schemes and watch a lot of film.

"Taking this last year off showed me how much I have to lose. Next time before I make a decision, I'm going to think more about my family and how much they have helped me get to where I'm at and know that I cannot mess up again."

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