ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men’s basketball program and head coach Craig Neal have announced the signing of junior college standout Jordan Goodman to a national letter of intent. The 6-foot-9-inch native of Maryland will join the Lobos next season as one of the top-rated junior college players in the nation among several recruiting services. Goodman will be a junior next season for New Mexico after spending two seasons at Harcum College in Pennsylvania.
“We are very excited to welcome Jordan to our program,” said head coach Craig Neal. “He is one of the highest-rated junior college players in the nation. Jordan is very talented and will help us make up some of the lost scoring from last year. He is a multi-dimensional player, and we will play him at a variety of positions on the floor. Jordan is a player who can come in and score for us while bringing a lot of athleticism and versatility to our program.”
Goodman averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season as a sophomore while earning First Team NJCAA All-America honors last season. He was just the third player in Harcum College history to eclipse the 1,000 career point mark. At the time of his commitment to UNM, he was rated as the third overall junior college prospect in the nation by 247sports.com.
The junior college All-American helped guide the Bears to a 32-win season and an appearance in the NJCAA Division I Final Four. The 32 wins were a program record as Harcum finished the 2013-14 season ranked fourth in the national NJCAA rankings.
Goodman was also being recruited by Oklahoma State, Temple, Georgetown and La Salle among others. He will join fellow spring junior college signee J.J. Nganga (Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa) in the 2014 recruiting class with prep signees Joe Furstinger (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) and Xavier Adams (Flower Mound, Texas).
The New Mexico Lobos are coming off a 27-win season last year as they became the first program in Mountain West history to win three-straight conference tournaments.