Goodman opts for Towson

Basketball scholarship called `a done deal'

October 20, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Basketball player Tamir Goodman has committed orally to accepting a full basketball scholarship next fall from Towson University, his father, Karl Goodman, confirmed last night.

"We found the right fit. It's a done deal," said the elder Goodman, reached at the family's Pikesville home.

"Mrs. [Chava] Goodman and I were very impressed with [Towson coach Mike Jaskulski] when he came to our house," Goodman said. "He said he's an educator first. We think we got a coach who's a mentor, and we're real happy. The school is close to home. We're all excited about the program. Tamir went [to Towson] and had a visit, and he loved it."

Harold Katz, Tamir Goodman's former coach at Talmudical Academy, said Jaskulski's first home visit with Tamir, a high school senior, lasted about five hours last month and that "both sides put their cards on the table."

Goodman said his son will sign a national letter of intent with Towson during the early signing period Nov. 10-17. NCAA rules prohibit schools from commenting on recruits before receiving a national letter of intent.

Goodman, an Orthodox Jew whose beliefs preclude playing on the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, gained national exposure during his junior season, when he orally committed to a full basketball scholarship from the University of Maryland.

To be closer to Maryland and improve the level of competition he faces, Goodman transferred to Takoma Aca- demy, a Seventh-day Adventist school in Takoma Park, for his senior year.

The 6-foot-3, 159-pound second-team All-Metro selection averaged 35.4 points a game last season at Talmudical Academy, a small Orthodox school in Pikesville.

However, when it became apparent that Maryland was uncomfortable with his refusal to play on Saturdays, Goodman rejected the Terps' offer last month following a meeting that included him, his mother, Terps coach Gary Williams and Maryland assistant Billy Hahn.

Goodman's father would not let his son speak last night, referring questions to Katz, his former coach at Talmudical.

Katz said Goodman will be "sticking to his beliefs" at Towson and that "Tamir and [Jaskulski] have had quite a few serious discussions about it."

"Tamir wanted to stay home, [but] the one place he wanted to go since he was a little kid wasn't looking out for his best interest," said Katz, referring to Maryland. "This time, Tamir talked to the coach a lot more to let the coach know exactly where he was at. Tamir understood that he had to give them enough time [to make an offer.]

"Tamir feels that this is a place where he'll be able to flourish, because they're trying to build something. He knows he's going to get to play. Tamir got the feeling Towson played the style he's grown up with and that we've played -- a lot of screening and movement, because Tamir's a thinking player."

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