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Friday, June 15, 2012 | 6:52 p.m.
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Dave Rice’s recruiting coup yielded another prized target: 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward Savon Goodman.
Rice announced Friday evening that Goodman, a Philadelphia native ranked No. 72 in the country, has signed a written offer of financial aid and will join the program this summer. Goodman decommitted from Villanova last August and chose UNLV over SMU, which this off-season hired legendary coach Larry Brown.
“We are excited about Savon joining our program,” Rice said in a statement. “He is a winner and brings great energy on every possession. He can guard multiple positions and will be explosive in our transition game. He has a tremendous work ethic and we look forward to his development over the next many seasons.”
Goodman had been considering reclassifying to the class of 2013 — the same thing UNLV target Anthony January had done earlier this summer — but the pieces aligned for him to stay in his current class and he now becomes the eighth newcomer for the 2012-13 season. The Rebels are now done with recruiting for the class of 2012.
Goodman joins high-school signees Anthony Bennett, Daquan Cook, Demetris Morant and Katin Reinhardt, as well as transfers Bryce Dejean-Jones, Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith. Considering the Rebels' depth at forward, Goodman would be a possible candidate to redshirt, but Rice has said he won't make any of those decisions until he gets closer to the season.
As a senior at Constitution High, Goodman averaged 26 points and nine rebounds per game. As a member of the USA Elite National Team, Goodman helped to win a FIBA World Championships in France last April. Before attending Constitution, he spent three years at Academy of the New Church Boys School in Bryn Athyn, Pa.