There’s a new school that has emerged with Shaq Goodwin, who is considered the state’s No. 1 basketball prospect and wants to play football in college, too.
Arizona has replaced Alabama in Goodwin’s top five, which consists of UGA, UCLA, Florida and Memphis. Goodwin is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward from Southwest DeKalb High School who is ranked among the nation’s top 15 basketball prospects. He plays wide receiver in football.
“He still wants to play both sports in college, and Arizona is good in both football and basketball,” Goodwin’s mother told the AJC. “Personally, I liked Alabama, but this is his decision.”
With Shaq consumed with football right now, it has been challenging for him to find enough time to meet with all the college basketball coaches lined up at his door in the current NCAA contact period. He has yet to meet with representatives with Arizona or Florida.
UGA coach Mark Fox was the first coach to visit with Shaq last month. “I wasn’t there; it was at the high school and I didn’t know about it,” Goodwin’s mother said. “I wish I would’ve known about it so I could’ve been there to meet Coach Fox.”
Memphis coach Josh Pastner has met with Shaq on two occasions, both at the school and at his home. UCLA coach Ben Howland made a home visit last week accompanied by his assistant, Korey McCray.
McCray was Goodwin’s longtime AAU coach with the Atlanta Celtics before being hired away by UCLA last summer.
Goodwin is still in the process of setting up official visits to all five of his finalists.
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