Goodman leaving Talmudical

Basketball star eyes Beth Tfiloh

April 22, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Maryland-bound basketball player Tamir Goodman of Talmudical Academy apparently will transfer out of the 62-student, all-boys school in Pikesville and met yesterday with officials at nearby Beth Tfiloh, according to a source close to the situation.

A member of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's C Conference, Beth Tfiloh is a coed Jewish school.

Goodman is an Orthodox Jew whose faith restricts him from playing from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday, and Beth Tfiloh "follows those same rules," said MIAA executive secretary Rick Diggs.

A 6-foot-3, 165-pounder, Goodman has earned national attention since orally accepting a full scholarship from Maryland this past winter.

Terps coach Gary Williams has said he will attempt to accommodate Goodman's religious beliefs by altering Maryland's schedule.

Goodman earned second-team All-Metro honors this past season, averaging 35.4 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in leading the Thunder to its second straight title in the five-team Maryland Independent Basketball Conference.

Reached last night, Talmudical Academy coach Harold Katz wouldn't comment on Goodman's plans other than saying: "I believe that Tamir Goodman and our basketball team should have the right to plan their future in private without it being front-page news."

Beth Tfiloh athletic director Jeff Clarke also declined to comment on a possible transfer.

Goodman met with two-time MIAA B Conference champ McDonogh on Monday, but that school's officials were unwilling to adapt the Eagles' schedule to fit Goodman.

Earlier this week, Katz said Goodman is seeking "a more competitive situation" as he tries to improve for college basketball.

Pub Date: 4/22/99

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