Plenty of Division I basketball coaches, recruiting analysts and media were on hand at last week's adidas ABCD camp in Hackensack, N.J., for Tamir Goodman's coming-out party during the height of the summer recruiting season. The only thing missing was Goodman's game.
Hampered by a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee suffered in a pickup game earlier in the week, the University of Maryland recruit played only one game during the five-day camp. He scored eight points on 3-of-9 shooting and had two rebounds and one steal. He also had six assists and two turnovers in 20 minutes of play.
"The jury is still out," said recruiting analyst Norm Eaverson of All-Star Sports.
Goodman appeared to be in pain and was limping through the two 10-minute quarters he played.
"I heard people saying, `He's scared to play against us,' " a dejected Goodman said after his performance on Thursday. "This is such a shame, I'd been waiting for this all year. I had been playing well the last couple nights. I was so excited, so ready.
"This is like when you write an `A' paper and your dog eats it."
Goodman's game resembled little of the well-publicized season he had as a junior at Talmudical Academy. There, he averaged 36.7 points for the private school for Orthodox Jewish boys in Northwest Baltimore. His strong season led recruiting expert Bob Gibbons to rank him 25th in the country among seniors in his most recent newsletter. Gibbons was not in New Jersey to evaluate Goodman's most recent performance.
Goodman left the camp Friday morning after working out in clinics with the college counselors. He plans to attend the Five-Star camp in Corapolis, Pa., later this month.
Goodman is also in the process of transferring for his senior year of high school. He is considering Beth Tfiloh, a coeducational Jewish school in Pikesville, and City College in Baltimore City. DeMatha and Baltimore's Calvert Hall rejected him this spring, citing rules that disallow the acceptance of senior transfers.
Diame Shows Upside
Senegal native Abdou Diame is closing in on his dream of a college basketball scholarship. Diame (pronounced Jah-may) has only been in the United States since September, but this past year at Oak Hill Academy and last week's performance at the adidas camp have gotten him noticed.
Diame averaged 9.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and one blocked shot per game, ranking him 30th among the 246 campers based on an aggregate total.
"He's got very good hands and he's so mobile and quick off the floor," said New York-based recruiting analyst Tom Konchalski. "A kid like this is an untapped reservoir of potential."
Adidas Senior All-Stars
Newport School junior guard James White scored 10 points in the adidas camp's all-star game. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 14 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.
Four area seniors -- David Holmes, Cliff Hawkins, Derrick Snowden and Bernard Robinson -- played in the senior all-star game. Robinson, who played for Dunbar last season and may transfer to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., had 15 points. Holmes, who played for Coolidge last year and hopes to transfer to Carroll, scored 13 points and was the second-leading scorer in the camp (behind Philadelphia Roman Catholic's Eddie Griffin) averaging 22.1 points per game. Oak Hill's Hawkins had six points and four assists and Spalding's Snowden had two points and three assists.
Sweetney High in the Post
According to Gibbons, Oxon Hill's Michael Sweetney established himself as one of the premier post players at the Nike All-America camp in Indianapolis. Sweetney, a senior who has made an oral commitment to Georgetown, impressed with his strength and aggressiveness. He also showed a nice shooting touch, with a range that extended to 15 feet. Georgetown assistant coach Ronny Thompson was in the front row for most of Sweetney's games at the camp.
Andre Scott, Levi Watkins and Mohammed Fofana also played well in Indianapolis. Scott, who attended DeMatha before transferring mid-year to Eleanor Roosevelt, has yet to decide where he will attend high school next season. He is taking summer school courses at McNamara and playing on Newport Prep's summer league team. The 6-11 senior is considering Newport, Hargrave Military Academy and Washington College Academy in Limestone, Tenn.
For Watkins, a 6-7, 230-pound junior who has decided to transfer to Montrose Christian after playing for Pallotti last season, the Nike camp was just the beginning of a grueling summer schedule. Watkins left Indianapolis for Georgia to play in an AAU tournament, then will travel to Orlando for AAU nationals.
Fairfax Title to South Lakes
The South Lakes boys won the Fairfax City summer league title by defeating Chantilly, 72-54, in the championship game Friday.
The Seahawks return four starters from last year's team, which finished 24-6 and advanced to the Virginia AAA state championship game before losing to Princess Anne of Virginia Beach, 71-68.
One of those players, 6-3 senior Dustin Hellenga, scored a game-high 37 points for the East team in the Fairfax City summer league all-star game Thursday. Despite his performance, the West team prevailed, 106-98. It was led by Marshall senior Jason Graffam's 17 points and 13 points from Oakton guard Kevin Brown.
Martin, Brunson Off to Camp
Senior forward Katrina Martin of Elizabeth Seton, who was a third-team All-Met last season, has been selected to attend the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Premier Senior Basketball Camp on Wednesday in Suwanee, Ga. The camp invites 85 of the top high school seniors from across the country. Senior center Rebekkah Brunson of Oxon Hill, also a third-team All-Met selection last season, was invited to the Nike women's All-America camp, which will begin Saturday in Indianapolis.
Special correspondent Christian Swezey contributed to this report.