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Former FGCU Basketball Player Finishes First NBA Season

Former FGCU Basketball Player Finishes First NBA Season
Former FGCU guard Brandon Goodwin is first NBA player from university; Photo by Brad Young

By Jake Henning

Sports Editor

Former FGCU Guard Brandon Goodwin finished his first season with the Atlanta Hawks this past spring, after signing a multi-year NBA contract on Feb.12.

Before Goodwin was signed to his first NBA contract, he appeared in 25 games with Atlanta, averaging 6.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 13.6 minutes.

While with the Atlanta Hawks, Goodwin put up a career-high 21 points (7-11 FGs, 3-4 3FGs, 4-4 FTs) off the bench, adding six assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block in 22 minutes, helping lead the Hawks to a 101-93 win.

In Atlanta’s game on Jan.22, Goodwin powered his team to a 102-95 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, pouring in 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter. He added three rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes (6-14 FGs, 3-4 3FGs, 4-4 FTs).

He then matched his career-best (21 points), also adding four assists, two rebounds and a block in 28 minutes on Feb. 7 off the bench at Boston (7-15 FGs, 3-9 3FGs, 4-4 FTs).

Goodwin was originally signed by the Hawks to a two-way contract on Aug.6, 2019, after averaging 19.1 points, 7.8 assists, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 34.5 minutes (.441 FG%, .396 3FG%) with the College Park Skyhawks of the NBA G League.

On Feb.10, he was named to the Eastern Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team, and even put up the first triple-double in Skyhawks franchise history on Dec.13, 2019. He put up 36 points, 18 assists and 13 rebounds in a win at Greensboro.

Brandon played two seasons at FGCU, appearing in 126 games (106 starts) during his collegiate career and averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 28.8 minutes (.474 FG%, .301 3FG%, .716 FT%).

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