New Mexico junior Jordan Goodman will be out for the rest of the season, as the forward is shutting it down after facing multiple injuries during the year.
Goodman and Lobo head coach Craig Neal announced the decision during a press conference on Monday and Goodman will have surgery to repair bone spurs in his right foot that have caused him to miss action during the season. The junior college transfer also missed time with a concussion earlier in the 2014-15 campaign.
Playing in 19 games for New Mexico this season, the 6-foot-9 Goodman averaged 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds per game while shooting 36 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range.
Once considered a top-100 national prospect in high school, the well-traveled Goodman was committed to Rutgers, Texas Tech and Georgetown during his high school career before playing at a junior college stop and finding his way to New Mexico. When healthy, Goodman is a dynamic offensive talent at forward who can make a big impact if healthy next season.
Junior forward Jordan Goodman, expected to be a major contributor for the Lobos before the season began, will miss the game as he’s still being evaluated by team doctors for a concussion. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Goodman suffered the injury during the team’s practice on Tuesday and has not practiced since.
And with concussion protocols being what they are, there’s been no determination as to when Goodman would be ready to return to the lineup. This injury is a tough setback for a player who at one point last month wasn’t expected to be available until December due to nagging health issues, only to play ten minutes in the Lobos’ season-opening win over Idaho State.
Goodman has played in each of New Mexico’s first five games, averaging 6.8 points and 2.6 rebounds in 13 minutes of action per contest. Without Goodman, New Mexico will be down to eight scholarship players against USC.
New Mexico looks like they’ll be without a key front court piece until a few weeks into the season. According to a report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, New Mexico head coach Craig Neal said that junior college transfer Jordan Goodman is still recovering from offseason knee surgery and nagging ankle and quad injuries and will likely be out until December.
“I don’t see him playing before December 1st,” Neal said to Rothstein. “I’m not going to play him until he gets five straight days of practice in. He’s a talented kid. He’s a legit 6-10 now and he’s up to 230 pounds. He was 213 when he got here.”
Goodman, who averaged 18.1 points and 6.6 rebounds last year at Harcum College, was one of the top junior college recruits in the country and was expected to start and contribute right away after the Lobos lost Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk to the NBA.
Now, the Lobos will have to rely more on 6-foot-10 junior college center J.J. N’Ganga and 6-foot-9 freshmen Tohi Smith-Milner and Joe Furstinger. Goodman’s experience could have helped an experienced backcourt that returns Hugh Greenwood, Cullen Neal and Deshawn Delaney.