Goodrich lost two key seniors this off season but the goals have not changed for the Martians. Carrington Wiggins left for prep school and Goliath Mitchell went down the road to Grand Blanc, both were key contributors last season as juniors. However Goodrich has enough young talent to still make a run at the Class B State Title. Returning Starters Kevin-David Rice (6-5), Trell Fordham (6-4), and Matai Swain (6-6) are all high major D-1 prospects, and are all only sophomores. Throw in talented freshman Tyson Davis at the point and Goodrich is legit!
Goodrich had little trouble in the opener against Ortonville-Brandon, cruising to a 55-39 win, and that was without Rice and Swain who sat out do to injuries. Neither injury is serious. Rice sitting Tuesday was a precautionary getting ready for back to back games this Friday and Saturday. Swain is recovering from a football injury and should be back around Christmas.
Without Swain nor Rice on the floor against Brandon, Fordham and Davis carried the extra work load without any problems. Fordham and Davis both reached double figures scoring despite sitting most the second half. At 6-4 Fordham is long and knows exactly how to use his length, he’s a great athlete with plenty of wiggle to his game. Against Brandon he was most impressive making the right decision with the ball in his hands. He was able to get to the basket where he then racked up a handful of assist finding open teammates. Fordham looked like a complete player opening night. The 6-4 wing boast a handful of D-1 offers, most notably Georgia Tech, and Fordham is as good as advertised. Fordham will have decisions to make concerning college, because the two sport star has also established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the Midwest.
Davis has already turned heads as a freshman. He played a key role for Goodrich’s football team who advanced into the playoffs. The 5-10 lead guard has shown the skill set to one day be a D-1 athlete in either football or hoops. He’s strong, quick, and has a good handle on the ball. He’ll build the reputation as one of the state’s best on-ball defenders, but Tyson showed last night he has no problem scoring. Against Brandon he got the rim at will.
Goodrich will quickly get tested this Saturday taking on the state’s #1 team in Class B Benton Harbor. But despite being young Goodrich is built for a long run come March, and will be a Class B power for atleast the next three years.