Penn State

Day 1 PIAA basketball thoughts

Some thoughts racing through the head while leaving the Bryce Jordan Center on Friday night:

– Constitution's Savon Goodman said he hates listing colleges he might attend. But when pressed after the Class A final, he said he's interested in Missouri, Kansas, Memphis, Temple and UCLA.

Anybody who watched his 27-point, 10-rebound performance against Lincoln Park understands why Goodman is one of the state's top college prospects. He's ready for another challenge.


– We were skeptical upon hearing Lincoln Park's Devontae Watson had more than 1,000 career blocks. After watching him swat eight shots against Constitution, we're believers. Those numbers are real.

– The PIAA board of directors made a wise decision by selecting Dr. Robert Lombardi to replace the retiring Brad Cashman as executive director.

Numerous political land mines loom in Pennsylvania high school athletics. It's not a spot an outsider should not be wading into it.

– Neumann-Goretti won its third straight Class AAA title by defeating Montour 48-45. Don't be surprised if the Saints return to the Bryce Jordan Center next year. They had three underclassmen – LaQuan Newton, John Davis and Hanif Sutton – in their top six.

– If the PIAA ever separates private and public schools into separate divisions, Montour will wonder what might have happened in 2011-12.

The school's basketball team lost to Neumann-Goretti in the PIAA Class AAA final. The football team lost to Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt in the semifinals. The Spartans were the lone public school in the Class AAA football semifinals.