SLU product Jordan Goodwin sees an increased role with the Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON – Stop us if you’ve heard this before: A St. Louis standout is leading the charge for the Washington Wizards.

Chaminade graduate Bradley Beal has worked hard over the past decade and has risen to become one of the NBA’s most reliable scorers. Beal has missed time on various injuries and COVID-19 protocols this season, but another St. Louis-raised talent is impressing as Washington’s “next man” in his absence.

Enter Jordan Goodwin, a St. Louis Billikens alum and a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville.

Goodwin, starting his first full NBA season, scored in double digits in his fourth straight game on Wednesday. During the stretch, he has started twice and averaged 5.5 assists, 3.3 steals, 3.3 rebounds and 32 minutes per game.

In back-to-back contests this past weekend, Goodwin trailed a best 19 points in a game with a best six steals in a game. The 24-year-old warden is convinced his defense has made some big hits on offense.

“That’s exactly what I do, being a defender,” Goodwin said via the Wizards YouTube channel last weekend. “Everything I do on offense is a plus. My job is to go out there and play defense and try to make it difficult for the best players or whoever I’m protecting. That’s always the mindset, just go out there and defend.”

Beal, who first came into contact with Goodwin through his AAU basketball program years ago, has taken note of his recent outburst.

“I’m super proud man,” Beal said Bijan Todd of NBC Sports Washington Last month. “Good is a great guy. It makes me incredibly proud to see his journey, to be a part of his life since he was 14, 15 years old maybe even younger. Just to see him transition to where he is now — a grown man, dad playing in the NBA — like, who knew that was going to happen?

Goodwin showed brilliant flashes at Saint Louis University from 2017 to 2021. He is the program’s all-time leader in steals and ranks in the top five for rebounds (4th) and assists (5th). His 1,460 points is the 11th-best all-time in Billikens history and led him to two first-team selections in the Atlantic 10 Conference. All while enjoying a 2019 Atlantic 10 Conference Championship in his sophomore season.

As the Wizards grapple with Beal’s injury and a small recovery period illustrated by a seven-game losing streak, it seems Goodwin could press for many more minutes.

To take a closer look at Goodwin’s NBA profile, click here. For a closer look at Goodwin’s SLU achievements, click here. SLU product Jordan Goodwin sees an increased role with the Washington Wizards

Sarah Y. Kim

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