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phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

We lost to Germantown Academy 47-43, in the 2nd round of the private school state tournament. I had 11 points and 14 rebounds. Our last game of the season was against St. Anthony’s in Newark, N.J. We got blown out. I had 17 points and 15 rebounds. Afterwards my coach told me that I averaged a double-double for the season. This weekend I found out that I was the only freshman to make first team All Friends League.

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phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

The past week has been our best this season. Coach Givens keeps telling us that we are getting better and better as the season goes on. First we beat Westtown, 58-51. I had 13 points and 15 rebounds. By beating Westtown, we got to play Friends Central in the Friends League Championship last friday night at Haverford. We beat Friends Central, 57-52. It was an exciting game and went into overtime. Everyone on our team played well. It seemed like Warren Gillis made every shot he took, he was on fire. Malcolm Gilbert had a double double and dunked on one of FC’s players. I had 6 points and 13 rebounds. The place was packed and to beat FC in the chip was a great feeling. We are the 2009 Friends League Champs!

Last night we beat Episcopal Academy, 65-50. It was the first round of our state tournament. I had 25 points and 15 rebounds. We play Germantown Academy today. Hopefully we’ll win and then make it to the elite eight round.

phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

On Monday the Philadelphia Inquirer did a story on me and afterwards my coach said a lot of colleges were asking about me. On Tuesday we played the George School. We won 72-44. I had 16 points and 12 rebounds. I’m doing good in school and my coach sometimes lets me miss part of practice so that I can meet with my tutor. That’s helping me to do better in school. We are about to leave school now because we play the Hun School later today.

Shoutouts to my sister Quentia, Milana Gilbert, Shane, Gerald and Marcus

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Savon Goodman (Photo Credit: Charles Fox)

Versatile Savon Goodman, with 18.3 points a game, is “making quite a name for himself .”
By Keith Pompey

Inquirer Columnist

Spencer Pulliam is convinced.
The founder and publisher of the Generation Next basketball recruiting service watched Savon Goodman enough to know.

So when asked about Goodman’s potential, high praise came out of Pulliam’s mouth.

“He’s making quite a name for himself over there at Academy of the New Church,” he said.

Very few people can argue with the recruiting analyst.

The 6-foot-6 freshman forward averaged 18.3 points through the Lions’ first seven games. Extremely versatile, the 15-year-old can play the shooting-guard, small-forward and power-forward positions.

Pulliam lists him as the nation’s ninth-best college prospect in the Class of 2012.

“Even if he doesn’t grow any more, his ceiling is still pretty high,” Pulliam said. “He has the best composure and some of the best court presence in that class.” Read the rest of this entry »

phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

We played Life Center in the Sneaka Villa Classic last week and won, 59-58. I was MVP of the game. I scored 17 points and had 15 rebounds. We got blown out by Plymouth Whitemarsh 70-55, I played a bad game. I could’ve done more to help us win. Now we’re getting ready for Friends Central. It will be our first league game and they are one of the best teams in the area this year so hopefully we will play well. Shoutouts to my boys Gerald Scott, Malcolm Lites, Marcus Gilbert and Shane Randall.

phillyhoopsdiaries1 SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA. savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

Last friday my Christmas break started. I’m off to a great start in all my classes. On friday we also played in the Mercerburg Holiday Tournament. We played Kiske Prep. We won 94-45. I had 25 points and 13 rebounds. On saturday we played Mercerburg School. We won 55-35. I had 15 points and 13 rebounds. On monday I go back to the lab to get ready for Dion Waiters and Life Center. Dion plays on my AAU team and I know it’s going to be a great game. We play them on saturday at the Sneaka Villa Classic at Ben Franklin High School. Shout out to my main mans- Shane Randall, Gerald Scott, and Marcus Gilbert. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.

 phillyhoopsdiaries1  SAVON GOODMAN(2012) ATTENDS ACADEMY NEW CHURCH(PA) AND IS RATED THE #1 FRESHMAN IN THE AREA BY PHILLY HOOPS. LAST YEAR AS AN 8TH GRADER SAVON WAS RANKED #14 NATIONALLY BY GENERATION NEXT. SCHOOLS RECRUITING SAVON INCLUDE XAVIER AND VILLANOVA.  savon_goodman1

Dear Diary,

Wednesday we had our first scrimmage of the season against Atlantic Christian at our gym.  We won every quarter.  I scored my team’s first 14 points.  I ended up with 25 points and 18 rebounds.  I led our team in scoring and rebounding. That made me feel good because I’m only a freshman and i want to prove to Coach Kevin(Givens) that I can start for the varsity team which is one of my goals.

On Friday we had a big IPS (Intro to Physical Science) exam.  I think I did good.  Saturday we scrimmaged St.Patrick’s(NJ) at Villanova University.  I’ve been pumped up for this game because I finally get a chance to play against my AAU teammate, Mike Gilchrist.  For the last two weeks we’ve been texting each other almost every day.  Mike’s one of my best friends and I look forward to sticking him since he’s the #1 player in the country.  St.Pats beat us 81-51.  I had 18 points and 12 rebounds.  I think I did a good job on Mike but he’s real good.  I hope we can schedule them for real next season.  I’m about to meet my tutor to help me study for my latin class.  I have a 72 average in latin and know that i can do better.

Savon Goodman (front) and Malcolm Gilbert, underclassmen at the Academy of New Church, are on the radar of recruiters. Photo by Charles Fox

Savon Goodman (front) and Malcolm Gilbert, underclassmen at the Academy of New Church, are on the radar of recruiters. Photo by Charles Fox

A league deep and strong
Friends Schools offer top talent.
By Keith Pompey

Inquirer Staff Writer

When it comes to Friends Schools League basketball, the words talent and parity now apply.
“The perception when I came in was that the league was very weak,” said Kevin Givens, a 14-year coach at the Academy of the New Church.

Another perception was that Abington Friends or Friends Central always ran away with the title.

But this season, the Academy of the New Church and Westtown both have legitimate shots to win the title. And those schools, along with Shipley and George School, are also starting to become hotbeds for young talent.

“It’s not the Philadelphia Catholic League,” Westtown coach Seth Berger said, “but it’s not what it used to be.”

Givens went a step further in giving a comparison to other leagues.

“Back in the day, it was always the Public League, Catholic League and the Inter-Ac,” said Givens, who played at Academy of the New Church in 1980. “I think we can compete with the Inter-Ac with our teams this year.”
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