Goodman in no rush to commit

Towson, Bowling Green among colleges calling

September 15, 1999|By Paul McMullen | Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

The second recruitment of Tamir Goodman is expected to be more deliberate than the first.

Goodman became national news when the 6-foot-3 guard accepted a basketball scholarship offer from Maryland in January, but their relationship soured, and on Friday the senior at Takoma Academy said he would play elsewhere next season.

Several mid-major programs are recruiting Goodman, an Orthodox Jew whose observance of the Sabbath prohibits him from playing or practicing from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday.

"I would assume he's going to take his time this time," said Harold Katz, Goodman's adviser. "We're going to enjoy the process. Whatever happens is going to take a while. I don't foresee anything happening in the fall."

The fall letter of intent period runs Nov. 10 to 17.

This is a crucial "contact" period on the NCAA recruiting calendar. Coaches can visit prospects until Sept. 26. Katz said Goodman is expected to receive an in-home visit from Towson University tonight and from Bowling Green next Thursday. The NCAA allows prospects to officially visit five campuses, and Goodman also intends to take an unofficial visit to Delaware.

"There's a lot of interest from other schools that we're sifting through," said Katz, who coached Goodman at Talmudical Academy last season. "Tamir can't do anything with anyone this weekend, because he loses Sunday and Monday to Yom Kippur."

Goodman's religion led to a media frenzy after he initially accepted Maryland's offer last January.

Pub Date: 9/15/99

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