Mt. San Jacinto basketball standout Melvin Goins signed with the University of Tennessee on Wednesday the first day of the Spring signing period.
Goins, who was named MVP of the Foothill Conference this past season, chose Tennessee over several top programs including; Nebraska, Cincinnati, and Depaul. Goins finished this past season averaging 17.4 points, 5 assists, and 2 steals per game. The Eagles finished the year 23-11 and advanced to the Southern California Regional Finals.
Goins played his freshman season at Ball State University where he was named to the All Newcomer Team. "I've matured and learned a lot over the past two years," said Goins "I'm hungrier this time around and I'll be playing with a little chip on my shoulder." Goins left Ball State after a coaching change at the school. "Mt. San Jacinto is a good place to get ready for the next level because Coach Springer simulates the Division I level as good as anybody," said Goins.
Melvin chose Tennessee for a variety of reasons and says he is very comfortable with the coaching staff. "It's a big time program and I loved it down there on my visit." Head Coach Bruce Pearl is also excited about getting Melvin to become a Volunteer. "There are always reasons things happen and if Melvin wouldn't of ended up at Mt. San Jacinto then he wouldn't of ended up at Tennessee," said Pearl. Pearl was already very familiar with Eagles Head Coach Patrick Springer because Pearl was an assistant coach at the University of Iowa when Springer was a walk on member of the Hawkeyes NCAA Tournament team. "We feel like we are getting a great player that can really help us in an area we need to get better at." "Melvin is physical and he competes and has quickness and that is something we need in our backcourt."
Melvin joins; Tim Island (San Diego State), Andre Gilbert (Kansas State), Marcus Sikes (Cincinnati), and Waki Williams (Memphis) along with many others as former Eagles who have used their MSJC experience to land Division I scholarships. Melvin is the 15th player in Coach Springer's six seasons at MSJC and 29th player overall to earn a DI scholarship under Springer's tutelage. "It speaks volumes about the institutions that I have been fortunate enough to work at, because it really is a team effort to get the student athlete qualified academically," says Springer.
Melvin Goins signed with the University of Tennessee on Wednesday he is pictured with Coach Springer (above) Coach Springer and Melvin pictured with Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl (below) during Coach Pearl's visit to campus last month.