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.
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.
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.
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.
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? firstname.lastname@example.org