Top 5 Georgia recruits to watch at Best of Best Camp

One Shaq's career ended this week while another one's is just beginning (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

One Shaq's career ended this week while another Shaq's career is just beginning to take off (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Southwest Dekalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Thomasville’s Robert Carter are both ranked among the top 15 college basketball prospects in the nation for 2012.

Both Goodwin and Carter are scheduled to play in the Under Armour “Best of the Best” Camp held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Marist.  (Go here for more information)

Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 Georgia players at the camp, courtesy of’s Kerry Willis:

  1. William “Shaq” Goodwin, 6-8, power forward, Southwest DeKalb: “Goodwin is the highest-rated player in Georgia (No. 12 by ESPNU) and he has continued to impress scouts with his relentless effort on the boards, his athleticism, and the added ability to be very consistent shooting the ball out to the 3-point line.  Plays the game with energy and an infectious smile that crowds love.” Goodwin’s list of schools include UCLA, UGA, Florida, Memphis.
  2. Robert Carter Jr., 6-8, power forward, Thomasville: “Carter is pushing the country’s top big men for All-American status as one of the most skilled posts in the country.  His work ethic has led him to a better body where he can make more athletic plays on a regular basis, but he still has the weight to lean on opponents on the block.  He’s great late in the game because he can make plays and knock down FT’s.”  Offers include FSU, Georgia Tech, Florida, UGA and Texas.
  3. Damien Wilson, 6-6, small forward, Oak Hill Prep (formerly Pebblebrook High School): “An athlete that is in ‘attack mode’ once he touches the ball.  Wilson’s game has matured since he made the move to Oak Hill, but he has yet to put it all together for an entire game.  The athletic lefty is a terror in transition and he has all the tools to become a defensive stopper.”  Surprised everyone last month when he committed to Memphis over Twitter — even before he informed the coaches.
  4. Jordan Price, 6-4, combo guard, Southwest DeKalb: “Price once sat a top of his class during his 8th grade and freshman campaigns, only to later fall out of the rankings. But this summer, he is back in shape and is one of the top 3 scorers in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League at 19.9 ppg.  He is stronger than most guards and has no problem finishing through contact.  He uses a nasty right-to-left crossover dribble to get into the mid-range area where he is money when he releases the rock.  Also an excellent student.”  Georgia Tech, UGA and Auburn, among others, have offered.
  5. TIE -Jabari McGee, 6-6, wing, Albany-Monroe & Quinton Stephens, 6-8, forward, Marist: “These two young players — both 2013 prospects — are on the rise and by the end of the summer should receive some high-major offers.  McGee is a super athlete that really attacks the rim while bringing intangibles such as shot-blocking and the ability to run the floor in a Lebron fashion. He is making the transition from the post to the wing, and averaged 16 points 12 rebounds as a sophomore last season. Stephens is a prospect that is creeping up to national notoriety.  He has grown a couple of inches this year, but has maintained his guard skills.  He can do a plethora of things on the court that will fill up the stat column, but in quiet fashion.  On the defensive end, Stephens can guard five positions on the floor. “

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog Got a recruiting item?


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June 3rd, 2011
4:17 am

Great info. Look forward reports from the camp.


June 3rd, 2011
6:33 am

Georgia is rich in recruiting talent each year. Hope UGA gets what they need from these in-state athletes. .. Go Dawgs!


June 3rd, 2011
7:12 am

And both Georgia and Tech will manage not to get a single one of them

Recruiting |

June 3rd, 2011
8:26 am

[...] weekend at Atlanta Marist High School.Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has a list of the top five Georgia prospects taking part in the camp.The top player: forward William “Shaq” Goodwin from Southwest [...]

Who's that coming down the tracks???

June 3rd, 2011
8:32 am

Not too many people care about basketball outside of March.

Nice try Carvell.


June 3rd, 2011
8:44 am

time to see if Gregory can extend the ACC brand…….


June 3rd, 2011
8:58 am

@Who’s that – clearly you don’t get it. UGA and others better have their scouts there now because it won’t make any difference ABOUT March if we don’t recruit now. Good article Mike…..

Former Pebblebrook Student

June 3rd, 2011
9:39 am

Um, as far as I know Pebblebrook High School is still there, still Pebblebrook High School…


June 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Wonder how much Marist payed that kid to go to school there.

just the truth

June 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Former Pebblebrook Student …… Article meant he was at Pebblebrook and transferred to Oak Hill.


June 3rd, 2011
10:34 am

hope uga gets shaq he looks to be a beast


June 3rd, 2011
11:11 am

UGA could use a Shaq!


June 3rd, 2011
11:17 am

Good article Mike. I really hope some of the instate kids give CMF a chance to build the program at UGA with local talent. Instead of leaving the state, make a name for themselves with one of the instate schools.


June 3rd, 2011
1:29 pm

Any power bottoms?


June 3rd, 2011
1:38 pm

Hey, we need as many of the young gentlemen in Red and Black as possible! Go Coach Mark!


June 3rd, 2011
2:15 pm

Funny, 2 of the top 5 players in the state mention little ‘ol Memphis with 1 already committed. What’z up with dat? I thought those guys played in a Div 2 conf and only signed thugs?


June 3rd, 2011
2:17 pm

Uga will never win a top recruit battle over Georgia tech in basketball….Uga has offered these top players and lost… Bosh, crittanton, young, Anderson, marbury, favors, elder, jack, price, salley, Hannover, etc all went to gt. Great choice guys

Not the brightest bulb...

June 3rd, 2011
2:36 pm

They rarely go head-to-head instate, genius, as your list points out.
Elder went to Furman and transferred to GT. UGA probably offered him, but not likely.
Salley was from NYC, which was where Cremins did his best recruiting work.
Price was from Enid, Oklahoma.
Bosh was from Dallas.
Young from New Orleans.
Marbury from NYC, and after his brother’s experience at UGA, it was unlikely. Still, Cremins had the edge there.
Jack, oh, Maryland

So your argument was Crittendon and Favors.

Nate the Great

June 3rd, 2011
2:42 pm

Hey GT:

Don’t forget about Reggie Ball!! He was by far and away the best recruit you guys ever picked up!!

Great choice guys

(42-34) (9-1) (George O’Leary)

tift blue devil

June 3rd, 2011
3:16 pm

Michael – is the kid from Tifton at the camp? You know the one. He led us to the Final Four just a couple of months ago as a Freshman and is ranked highly nationally by several recruiting services as one of the best 9th graders in the nation.

South GA Dawg

June 3rd, 2011
4:49 pm

I saw that Tifton kid play. Not only is he a good basketball player but is the only freshman to ever start as QB for Tift Co. He was a man among boys in the 7th and 8th grade.They say is is a better basketball player than football but I find that hard to believe. If this kid stays healthy everyone in the country is going to be after him. he is a straight A student, not a thug.


June 3rd, 2011
7:17 pm

Is Tony Parker not playing or just not on the list? Either way its a bit surprising.

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 4th, 2011
7:13 am


I guess we must have lost the recruiting war for some of your players from last year’s team also. Made a real difference in head to head play didn’t it?


June 4th, 2011
7:13 pm

I sincerely hope that none of these young men decide to waste their brains and sign with UGA.


June 4th, 2011
7:15 pm

UGA aka Thug Central.

The Plain Truth

June 4th, 2011
7:18 pm

It’s true that Georgia Tech can’t compete with UGA’s goons and morons, but Tech players don’t end up pushing shopping carts or working as janitors like UGA players after UGA dumps them when their eligibility is up.

[...] BASKETBALL: It’s Shaq vs. Robert Carter at “Best of Best” camp (go here for full story) [...]

It Ain't Rocket Science

June 5th, 2011
8:14 am

The Plain Truth,

Your name calling is rather childish don’t you think. Perhaps you should wait to blog, until you become more mature. I assume you went to or go to Tech. and have statistics to back up your claims you just made. I doubt you do, but resorting to childish name calling, just guarantees that your point will be lost, if there is indeed one, in your childish comments.

Mark (another one)

June 5th, 2011
10:02 am

I’m glad they’re keeping the inappropriate and personal attacks off this blog. Both UGA and Tech have former players that have failed to deliver post college.

Both Universities would be happy to pull in some of these guys, and together they need to start winning the recruiting wars in Georgia. Too many times the top players leave the state and are succesfull elsewhere.

Milton Hoops

June 5th, 2011
9:10 pm

Keep it coming Carville. Cant wait till November. Good question above about Parker. What’s his deal this summer, Carv. Also, is Nolte or Shaq from Milton in the tournament?


June 6th, 2011
5:14 pm

Shaq Goodwin is making a mistake if he plays football this fall. He has more opportunity as a basketball player, and he takes on much greater risk of injury (and lost scholarship) playing football.


June 8th, 2011
9:48 am

Jordan Price won MVP of the best of the best camp. Hands down the top skilled guy at the camp. This kid is a top ten recruit in the nation. He’s a pure scorer.

dharmendra singh

June 15th, 2011
4:17 pm

Southwest Dekalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Thomasville’s Robert Carter are both ranked among the top 15 college basketball prospects in the nation for 2012.

Both Goodwin and Carter are scheduled to play in the Under Armour “Best of the Best” Camp held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Marist.


September 21st, 2011
7:41 pm

there is a kid from dacula georgia 9th grader about 5′5 145 he runs a 4.45 40 this kid is amaysing …his name is namon mayes look out for this kid