Will There Ever Be Another Tamir Goodman?
It has been almost 10 years since Tamir Goodman caused a stir in this area. For those of you who have forgotten, Goodman was a star player at Talmudical Academy in northwest Baltimore who was offered a scholarship to the University of Maryland to play basketball.
Dubbed the "Jewish Jordan," Goodman gained national media attention - ESPN, the New York Times and Sports Illustrated profiled him - and he was expected to test how accommodating a high-level Division I basketball program would be to an Orthodox Jew.
But Goodman never attended Maryland, instead opting to play basketball at Towson University. He lasted only two seasons at Towson before leaving to play professionally in Israel. According to this article in Newsday, Goodman seems to have no regrets about how the situation at Maryland unfolded and is happy with his life.
While it is good to hear that things turned out well for Goodman, I wonder if there ever will be an Orthodox Jew who will play basketball at an ACC school. Or are religion and Division I basketball incompatible?
Posted by: Soja John Thaikatti, Sydney, Australia | December 24, 2008 7:00 AM
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