Billikens Goodwin and French enter names into NBA Draft


(Michael Place / The University News)

Juniors Jordan Goodwin and Hasahn French both declared they will enter their names into the 2020 NBA Draft. The roommate tag team declared their intentions Tuesday evening, one after the other on social media. This is exciting news for Billiken fans. Head coach Travis Ford said, “Since the moment I started recruiting them, I knew it was their dream to play in the NBA. They have worked extremely hard in their three years to get to this point, and they are now rewarded with a great opportunity to see where they stand.”

Goodwin broke the news, first saying, “After consulting with Coach Ford and my family, I’ve made the decision to enter my name into the 2020 NBA Draft.” 

Then in typical Goodwin French competitive style, French broke out eight minutes later saying, “I am announcing today that I am entering my name in the 2020 NBA Draft.” French also made sure to thank the coaches and everyone at SLU for “taking the chance on a kid from Middletown, NY.”

The two are allowed to “test the waters” for a period before the NBA Draft without forfeiting their final year of eligibility. If they withdraw from the draft before June 3, they will finish their senior season at SLU.

The two Billikens stood out this season, French earning second-team All-Conference and picking up his second A-10 All Defensive team selection. He currently holds the Billiken blocked shots record for career and single season at 202 and 77 in 2019-2020.

Goodwin Landed himself on the first-team All-Conference roster. He ranked in the top 25 in rebounds per game and steals and ended with a double-double in all but three games. 

The pair competed for rebounds all season, and their friendly competition paid off, landing the Billikens a fourth seed in the A-10 tournament before its cancelation. Their tenacity on offense and defense has driven them to this point. “I am very proud of Hasahn and Jordan and fully support their decision,” said Ford.