From Inside the Red Raiders
The 7-foot-1 center played for the Putnam Science Academy prep squad last season. Goldin’s signing marks the fourth consecutive signing class that head coach Chris Beard and Texas Tech have inked a recruit from Putnam starting with Malik Ondigo in 2017, Josh Mballa in 2018, Russel Tchewa in 2019 and now Goldin. Each of the previous three recruits from Putnam have since transferred to other schools.
Goldin is a native of Nalchik, Russia who played on one of the premier Russian club teams, CSKA Moscow’s Junior Team, for three seasons as well as internationally at the U18 Euro Championship and U19 World Cup in 2019. He averaged eight points, five rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game his final season for the junior league CSKA squad. Goldin upped his averages to 10 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in four games in the Euroleague Championship.
The four-star recruit is ranked as the No. 148 player in the nation, the No. 25 center and the No. 2 player in Connecticut for the 2020 recruiting class by 247Sports. The 247Sports Composite, an average of the major recruiting service rankings, has Goldin slotted a bit lower at 190th overall and the 30th center.
Goldin is the fifth 2020 recruit to sign with Texas Tech joining Chibuzo Agbo, Nimari Burnett, Micah Peavy and Esahia Nyiwe and eighth overall to be added as Mac McClung, Jamarius Burton and Marcus Santos-Silva have all joined the program as transfers. The Red Raiders’ 2020 class ranks No. 10 nationally and tops in the Big 12 not counting the additions of Goldin, McClung, Burton and Santos-Silva–all prized recruits and transfer additions.
“Recruiting here is not hard. We’ve got one of the best universities in the country,” Beard stated. “I kind of laugh when people talk about location. Location’s what makes Lubbock in my opinion one of the great all-time college towns in our country. We’ve got a great academic institution, we have caring fans, we have great facilities. I mean this is what we should be doing. We should be involved with some of the best recruits in the country and that’s what we’re striving to do.”