Goins signed with Ball State out of high school and played 30 games (starting 26) for the Cardinals as a true freshman. He averaged 8 points, 2.3 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game at Ball State, but was benched the last three games, prompting his decision to transfer. While at San Jacinto as a sophomore he paced the Eagles to a 23-11 record.
In order to sign Goins the Vols would need a scholarship to open up. That would indicate that one of three juniors — Tyler Smith. Wayen Chism, J.P. Prince — being evaluated for the NBA Draft will chose to leave early , or it could mean another scholarship player may decide not to return. Daniel West didn't qualify to play as a freshman and could be another candidate for departure Phillip Jurick is a 6-10, freshman center from Chattanooga, who sat out the season as a redshirt. However after the 2007-2008 season, Bruce Pearl dismissed juniors-to-be Ramar Smith and Duke Crews from the team before adding Maze and Emanuel Negedu.
Adding Goins gives the Vols a seasoned point guard with the ability to penetrate defenses in the half court and push tempo in transition. A physical player capable of scoring off the dribble or shutting down dribble, Goins should compete for playing time with Bobby Maze who joined the Vols from the Junior College ranks a year ago as a highly ranked combo guard. Maze didn't adapt to playing the point as quickly as the coaching staff had hoped, but a year in the system should help him improve his game.
Of course, a little competition never hurts either.