JONESBORO — Emotions took hold of Nettleton’s Daylin Goodlow after a successful tryout with Central Baptist College’s basketball team.
“I started crying to my dad that I made it, I made my goal,” Goodlow said Wednesday at Raider Gym after signing a letter of intent to join the Mustangs next season.
Health issues limited Goodlow’s playing time with the Raiders, although the 6-foot-1 guard displayed his perimeter shooting touch when he had the opportunity.
Goodlow drilled a couple of 3-pointers during a game against Valley View his senior season. He also scored eight points in a game against Beebe.
“I coached Daylin all the way through junior high and his sophomore year, at one of his physicals they caught a heart condition and he went to Children’s for a bunch of tests, basically missed his whole sophomore year,” Nettleton coach Bubba Deaton said. “He played his junior year, didn’t really play much, and he was starting to play a lot his senior year, had started a couple of games. I know he was quarantined twice outside of what our team was quarantined. We missed about 20 straight days there and he had COVID in the second semester.
“I think we added it up and out of the 21 games we played, he missed nine or 10 of them. He’s a phenomenal kid. His best basketball is ahead of him. He has to get healthy. He’s a yes sir, no sir kid, great family, just a great kid.”
Deaton said Goodlow led the Raiders in 3-point shooting percentage as a senior, adding that he probably improved more than any player he’s had over a six-year period.
Along with a few teammates, Goodlow traveled to Conway to try out for Central Baptist.
“It’s a JV partial scholarship, but their coach told me a lot of their guys play varsity just like on the same scholarship he’s got now. He’s got the chance to earn his way,” Deaton said. “He earned his way into playing at the high school level when everybody kind of counted him out. I think he could go there and earn a full ride eventually and be a player for them.”
Central Baptist won the American Midwest Conference tournament in 2020-21, earning its second AMC tournament title in three seasons. CBC finished 19-7 after losing in the first round of the NAIA national tournament in Wichita, Kan.
Goodlow is grateful for the opportunity to join the Mustangs.
“I’m very thankful because with the things I’ve been through, I thought I would never be able to play at a higher level than high school,” Goodlow said. “I was very proud of myself and what I accomplished.”