Gold­man Gets Sat­is­fac­tion: Lin­coln Grad Goes To D-1 Bas­ket­ball

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — The Rolling Stones sang, “I can’t get no sat­is­fac­tion,” some­thing Lin­coln grad­u­ate Shan­don “Big­gie” Gold­man ex­pe­ri­enced while try­ing to find his niche in col­lege bas­ket­ball.

But not any­more. Shan­don made his de­but as a mem­ber of the North­ern Iowa men’s bas­ket­ball team with the Pan­thers win­ning their sea­son-opener on Nov. 6, 2018, at home in Cedar Falls, Iowa, over Bemidji State Univer­sity by a score of 97-51.

Shan­don missed his first five shots, then scored his first two points as a Pan­ther with a rim-rat­tling two-handed slam dunk ac­com­plish­ing what ev­ery bas­ket­ball player wants to do — show their fa­ther they can play at game level in what­ever league they choose to com­pete in.

Shan­don’s fa­ther, Greg Gold­man, of Evansville, is not your av­er­age bas­ket­ball fan.

His high school ex­ploits along with cur­rent Lin­coln boys head coach Tim Rich are leg­endary at Lin­coln. Greg Gold­man has done ev­ery­thing within his power to make cer­tain the legacy was passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion.

Greg Gold­man raised his son on bas­ket­ball, never an­tic­i­pat­ing Shan­don would reach a 6-foot-10 height.

Greg and his wife, Ali­cia, Shan­don’s mother, were in at­ten­dance and suit­ably im­pressed with how Shan­don han­dled ad­ver­sity. De­spite not hav­ing a good shoot­ing night, mak­ing 1-of-6 field goals and go­ing 0-for-2 on 3-point­ers, Shan­don found a way to im­pact the game. In 23 min­utes of ac­tion, Shan­don pulled down 12 re­bounds.

“He had three (shots) go in-and-out, just couldn’t buy one, but the dunk was awe­some, 12 re­bounds was awe­some, too, led the team,” Greg Gold­man said.

Shan­don blocked a pair of shots, one of which set up a 3-poin­ter by team­mate Miles Wentzien putting North­ern Iowa up 42-20 with 3:17 re­main­ing in the first half. Gold­man also dished out an as­sist.

“He’s hav­ing fun play­ing bas­ket­ball again, loves his team­mates,” Greg Gold­man said. “A lot dif­fer­ent than his Lit­tle Rock de­ba­cle.”

Tall and lanky, Shan­don’s skills did not di­min­ish as he ex­pe­ri­enced a growth spurt in high school. He dunked in his last high school game at Re­gion­als against Bap­tist Prep, of Lit­tle Rock, which sported a pair of 7-foot brothers, ju­nior Bran­don Vanover (7-0) and fresh­man Con­nor Vanover (7-2).

Upon grad­u­a­tion from Lin­coln, Shan­don tipped the scales at 190 pounds, which made him un­der­sized for col­lege bas­ket­ball. Re­cruited by many schools in­clud­ing Clem­son, Shan­don didn’t want to be type­cast as a shoot­ing power for­ward who can pull de­fend­ers away from the bas­ket be­cause of his long-range pro­fi­ciency.

A de­ci­sion was made opt­ing to put off col­lege for one year while Shan­don worked out and bulked up.

Still he knew he had to be in­volved in com­pet­i­tive bas­ket­ball. The ques­tion was where?

Shan­don set­tled on Ten­nessee Prepara­tory Academy, which ac­cord­ing to its web­site, is “a Chris­tian­based school, that teaches prin­ci­ples of the Holy Bible, and be­lieves whole­heart­edly in the Bible’s teach­ings and bib­li­cal con­cepts uti­liz­ing these prin­ci­pals to shape daily in­ter­ac­tion be­tween fac­ulty and stu­dents as the foun­da­tion upon which to build.”

At Ten­nesee Prep, Shan­don av­er­aged 13.5 points, 8 re­bounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game while shoot­ing 48 per­cent over­all and 42 per­cent from 3-point range and was part of the Diplo­mat-Lions’ 2016 Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Chris­tian Ath­letes Elite Divi­sion 1 na­tional cham­pi­onship team.

Shan­don chose to be­gin his col­lege ca­reer at the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Lit­tle Rock. He ap­peared in five games as a true fresh­man in 2016-17, con­clud­ing the Tro­jans never in­tended to play him as a shoot­ing for­ward. Shan­don felt they were look­ing at his height, now over 6-feet-9 and planned to put him on the low block. That was not his game, so he trans­ferred out of the Tro­jans’ pro­gram May 24, 2016, land­ing at Panola Col­lege in Carthage, Texas. Shan­don started 25 games and av­er­aged 9.3 points, 5.8 re­bounds and 1.7 as­sists while shoot­ing 47 per­cent over­all and 41 per­cent from 3-point range (52-of-128).

Shan­don’s play at Panola put him on the radar of Divi­sion I pro­grams: Wash­ing­ton State, Utah, Boise State and North­ern Iowa.

Shan­don en­rolled at North­ern Iowa March 16, 2018, an­nounc­ing his de­ci­sion with a tweet, “I’d like to thank all the coaches who re­cruited me dur­ing this process and all my coaches at Panola, who made this pos­si­ble! And es­pe­cially my fam­ily, who be­lieved in me and sup­ported me through­out my whole jour­ney. I’d also like to thank Coach (Ben) Ja­cob­son and his staff at UNI for a great visit and the op­por­tu­nity to play for a great pro­gram with a great fan base!”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Shan­don “Big­gie” Gold­man, a 2015 Lin­coln grad­u­ate and na­tive of Evansville, is play­ing col­lege bas­ket­ball for North­ern Iowa.

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