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Xavier Season in Review: Quentin Goodin report card

Xavier’s sophomore guard took another big step forward in his first full year at the point.

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament-Xavier vs Providence
It’s amusing to look at this picture as if Q can only dunk at the bottom of the net
Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Banners on the Parkway postseason player report cards. We’ll be breaking down each player’s grades for the rest of this week and on into next week and maybe the following, just depending on how time allows. We’ll also be assigning and explaining our own grades of each player. We’ll start with the player who got the lowest community ranking and work our way up to the MVP.

Quentin Goodin Votes % of votes
A 64 30.90%
B 125 60.40%
C 15 7.20%
D 0 0%
F 3 1.40%
Community GPA: 3.27

Quentin Goodin gained 19.6 points of offensive efficiency this year despite playing nearly six more minutes per game and gaining a commensurate uptick in usage rate. He did this while stepping into his first full season as Xavier’s point guard and running an offense that finished eighth in the nation. All of that goes some way toward explaining the jump that Q made in his sophomore year. The flashes that he showed in a star-crossed freshman year solidified into nearly nightly excellence.

Offense: B-

The dirty secret about Goodin is that he wasn’t as consistently good with ball distribution in conference play. His assist rate of 23.2% was very nearly equaled by his turnover rate of 22.2%. Q balanced that out by shooting the ball much better this year than he did last. His overall shooting line of .445/.302/.791 was bolstered by shooting 39.5% behind the arc in conference play. Goodin managed 8.7/2.9/4.9 for the year, and his A/TO was above 2:1 on the season. A bit more care with the ball in conference play and he’ll be unquestionably the best point guard in the Big East.

Defense: B

Q rarely fouls, which is a very good thing on a team that lacks true point depth. In addition to that, he’s the rare player on Xavier that isn’t routinely abused off the dribble. He still occasionally finds himself out of rotation in the zone or sucked too far into the packline, but he’s hardly a defensive liability. That’s about the best praise a Xavier defender earned this year.

Overall: B

Quentin Goodin is another player on the verge of stardom. There’s no question that he’s already one of the more valuable guards in the conference as it stands now. If his shot develops over the summer like it did over the course of the season it wouldn’t be surprising to see him go for 15/3/6. That’s the value that Goodin offers.