2-sport star Shaq Goodwin visits with UGA, UCLA, others

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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.”

Shaq Goodwin, the 6-8, 240-pound WR (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Shaq Goodwin, the 6-8, 240-pound WR (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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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bardawg

September 21st, 2011
6:12 pm

bardawg

September 21st, 2011
6:18 pm

Twice in the last couple of days. This young man can write his own ticket at UGA, and would be a most welcome addition to both football & basketball teams. Surely Coaches Richt & Fox will develop his potential in both sports.GATA!

Celtic 4ever

September 21st, 2011
6:19 pm

Shaq was Georgia’s to lose until Coach Fox forgot to let the mom know about the on campus visit. Now UCLA in front.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
6:21 pm

Kid is CRAZY if the thinks ALABAMA isn’t good in both. the Bama BBall coach is a great new young coach that built George Mason. If Bama don’t fly then on his list it has to be Florida. Arizona are you freaking kidding. he must not be to good in one of the sport and needs a weaker school that will allow him to try both. At BAMA that probably want FLY.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
6:22 pm

bardawg……………….Richt will not be there when the kids picks a school

chippytricks

September 21st, 2011
6:24 pm

He probably wants to avoid the rednecks in Tuscaloosa. Can’t say I blame him. Arizona is great school and Alabammer might be the most backwards place in America.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
6:31 pm

chippy……………..He is probably not good enough to play Football at Bama. He could maybe swing that at Arizona and UCLA. Not sure he can handle the academics at UCLA. MEMPHIS is his close to home, anybody can pass a class, and Memphis is a good sized town that he can Embrace the Culture.
Kid pick MEMPHIS and start the joke sports degree.

ormewood

September 21st, 2011
6:59 pm

Bama hoops coach was previously at Virginia Commonwealth, not George Mason.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
7:04 pm

ormewood……………….Thanks i knew after I typed that it was wrong but I couldn’t remember the team that did so well in the Tourney last that he used to coach. New coach there is Shaka Smart.

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
7:06 pm

He is an Atlanta Celtics AAU player………….Tech had many………….Kid will go Pro as fast as he can…………..That is what the McCray philosophy is.

RRTDawgs

September 21st, 2011
7:07 pm

Geez Bama can’t get everyone yes football is on the down side at UGA but Fox is bringing basketball back up .

RRTDawgs

September 21st, 2011
7:10 pm

Well if UGA football on the down turn than looks like Fox will bring basketball up again .

5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
7:17 pm

RRT……………..Fox’s team DIED at the end of last year…………Heading to the SEC tourney & how they were ALLOWED in the NCAA tourney is a JOKE…………But keep thinking they are on the rise……….

Worm

September 21st, 2011
7:38 pm

Looks like Larry Brown..Uoad, thank god for Miami, so Tech will not be last in the cellar of the new Basketball and Lacrosse conference…That’s one wicket league.:)

Matthews Dawg

September 21st, 2011
7:55 pm

5150…Go back to the Tech site!! The kid can do what he wants! Best of luck to him! You will see that CMR will be around next year! Fox is doing a great job with little talent. He is starting to bring them in. Go Dawgs!!

johnny too good

September 21st, 2011
8:04 pm

can we see some of his football clips or highlights???

RRTDawgs

September 21st, 2011
8:16 pm

Yea 5150 UOAD sounds like you have sour grapes to me because Shaq is not choosing your school get over your self dude Fox is doing a great job with the B ball program and you can’t stand it .

slydog

September 21st, 2011
8:23 pm

@5150 UOAD

How can you be a fan of a school or coach and yet not know that Anthony Grant came from VCU? And he didn’t help build anything. That program has been about where it is for about 15 years now. His best accolades were recruiting those kids from Florida who won back to back titles.

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September 21st, 2011
8:28 pm

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5150 UOAD

September 21st, 2011
8:37 pm

sly
I am not a fan of a coach or team as you say. I just remember the Bama coach built a program that did well in the tourney as he is now at BAMA. Shaka Smart was one of the HOT NEW EVERYBODY WANTS coach after being at a school for 1 or 2 yearsl.

me

September 21st, 2011
9:00 pm

no chance this guy will have any impact on a Division 1 football team. He should focus on hoops.

the sham

September 21st, 2011
9:34 pm

Does he want to play WR at the next level or is he TE prospect, or something else?

Kentucky Fan says...

September 21st, 2011
10:59 pm

Shaq go to Athens and play for UGA. Keep your talents in the SEC.

DZ

September 21st, 2011
11:29 pm

In this day and age nobody plays both sports. They are year-round programs. Goodwin is going to have to choose.

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BruinSkiiz

September 22nd, 2011
12:02 am

Head WEST young man! Westwood and UCLA welcome you with open arms!

5150 UOAD

September 22nd, 2011
2:07 am

BruinSkiiz
He went to a DeKalb County Government School……………The kid can’t pass classes at UCLA unless McCray helps him and that will to get him through 1 yr to go NBA. You don’t understand the Atlanta Celtics, AAU, and McCray’s philosophy.

footballfan365

September 22nd, 2011
6:43 am

@5150 uoad there is no such thing as a dekalb county government school. Why cant he pass classes at ucla? You know nothing about this kid so who are you to say what he can or cant do. Racist coward, you hate to see a young black kid do something that you could only dream about

DEKALB HOOPS COACH

September 22nd, 2011
6:46 am

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Proud-Dawg

September 22nd, 2011
7:35 am

5150 UOAD is a proud racist, just read his past post. Nothing but innuendo and hate, you’re a disgrace. Thanks to footballfan365 for calling him out!!!

lagadawg

September 22nd, 2011
7:42 am

Coach Fox sould go see “mama” as fast as his car can get there.

ComeOnMan

September 22nd, 2011
8:06 am

This is a joke — he is not a strong football player. Did you see him against Marist on tv — he hates contact, is too slow to play receiver, and by the end of the game he quit playing hard at all. He is a 1 sport star, and he’ll never play D1 football.

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South GA Dawg

September 22nd, 2011
9:24 am

This kid would be a star at UGA. He is what UGA really needs right now. He could start next year for both sports.I have heard that he is really good at football. He does not drop anything with those giant hands he could palm the football and at 6-8 what 5-10 db is going to jump with him??????

5150 Moron

September 22nd, 2011
9:25 am

You know nothing about anything apparently so just with the tech site kid. You and your nerd buddies can keep dreaming of beating UGA at bball or football.

What no one seems to understand is the fact that he wants to play football is huge. We have only one scholarship left for bball without stripping a current player of theirs. So since he wants to play football he can get a football scholarship and we still have one bball scholarship left. This is huge bc Robert Carter one of the other big three also has UGA in is top 3. So let me say this agin it is HUGE for him to want to play football if we hope to get both.

Also to the you can only play one sport comment…. Not true at all. In fact a handful of players on the football team will also be playing basketball this yr at UGA. UGA bball will get back on the map this year and be ranked by the time SEC play begins!!!

Opinon

September 22nd, 2011
9:30 am

This kid will have enough of a challenge playing D1 basketball, if his desire is to be a professional. He has no chance of play both sports at a high level.

ComeOnMan

September 22nd, 2011
9:39 am

Go to gpb.org and watch the SWD v Marist game. Really, he’s not very good. He makes one catch and run, which he ends by sliding to avoid contact (penalty calls it back). Sliding! And, that’s about all he does. Near the end of the game, he isn’t even running his patterns off the line. This is all hype.

ATL Sports Fan

September 22nd, 2011
9:56 am

It’s not that 5150 is a racist. He will not give credit to anyone unless they are a Tech fan, or recruit. Sir you have no idead of Shaq’s academic status. And your post about Alabama is hilarious. I know for a FACT the reason why he dropped Alabama. Both, Coach Saban and Coach Grant both stated they want him to focus on ONE sport if he signs with Alabama.

schmeckdawg

September 22nd, 2011
9:57 am

I saw him play against Marist a week or so ago. Was not impressed at all. Have not seen him play B-Ball!

Dogs Smell

September 22nd, 2011
10:02 am

UGA doesnt play basketball and football? Really ?

bitter don

September 22nd, 2011
10:12 am

cravell stinks

bitter dontavouis-hershal-cesar-walker

September 22nd, 2011
10:13 am

tree killers loose———hahahahahah———–dawgs rule

Blackoutanyone?

September 22nd, 2011
10:39 am

Sounds like his mother knows best… Bama would be in his best interest. Roll Tide!!

Still Laughing

September 22nd, 2011
12:58 pm

Yea too bad he already kicked Alabama to the curb you joke

Still Laughing

September 22nd, 2011
1:05 pm

and who cares if he is bad at football. All that matters is he wants to play football and can be counted towards football scholarships so we can still go after Robert Carter

Michael Carvell

September 22nd, 2011
1:17 pm

Shaq Goodwin is really good at football. Not sure about the Marist game, didn’t see it, but it’s irrelevant to college football scouts. They recruit based on potential (what you may do in the future) rather than production (what you’re doing right now). Shaq has a high ceiling of potential in football. One other thing: He played basketball all summer, and didn’t join the SWD football team until two days before the season opener. Now will Shaq play college football? I will believe it when I see it. That’s not too say he can’t, because just about any college football team would take him. It’s just that he’s THAT GOOD in basketball … in my opinion, Georgia’s first candidate to be “one and done’ since Derrick Favors.

Michael Dana

September 22nd, 2011
1:24 pm

I may not have an alliance to any particular team here, but those folks who are voting for Georgia are out of their collective minds. The Men’s basketball has yet to win an NCAA basketball Championship. Very few schools are considered power houses in both sports. Kentucky, Duke, UNC are elite basketball programs. From this list compiled the only program that comes close to being a power house in both sports is Florida. They won two NCAA Championship in Basketball recently and two in Football. In fact if I had a son (I’m 59) and I played a lot of sports in my youth and was very good at all of them. I would want my son to play for Florida. Why well the coaching staff has 53 years of Pro Football Experience. Who is better equipped to teach the kids what it takes to be a pro athlete. I can tell you it takes a ton of hard work not only physically but mentally. You have to study films of yourself and others more then they study films. You have to outwork others. How do I know this well like I said I played all these sports at a highly competitive level and was in fact a professional Skier. Georgia is not nor have they ever been a powerhouse for basketball and it has been a very long time since they won a championship in Football. Florida in Football has by far and away the very best coaching staff in ALL of College football. There basketball program although not in Dukes class is still very high caliber and many a player has gone onto become very good professional basketball players

ComeOnMan

September 22nd, 2011
1:29 pm

Carvel — I respectfully disagree. He is being recruited because of his basketball skills. If he declared today he was only going to focus on basketball, he would have as much if not more interest; if he declared he was only going to focus on football, his offers would decline and only schools with room to make a real reach offer would continue. Maybe if he gained weight, moved to te, and started hitting someone, he might be worth a football scholarship; he is no wr — too slow and timid.

Michael Carvell

September 22nd, 2011
2:00 pm

@ComeOnMan, thanks for your comment. I agree to disagree. SLOW? He’s 6-foot-8 and 240 pounds. He is extremely athletic, quick, and fast. He may not look like he is moving as fast as the smaller football players around him with those long strides, but he is. If Shaq dedicated himself to basketball (which he pretty much has done), he would be one of the top 10 basketball prospects in the nation (which he is). If he had dedicated himself to ONLY football since the end of last season (which he didn’t), he would be an elite football recruit based purely on his outstanding potential.

5150 UOAD

September 22nd, 2011
2:10 pm

footballfan365
@5150 uoad there is no such thing as a dekalb county government school.
What is SWD? Is it a private school? NO! It is a government school controlled by the Dekalb county School Board.
So Bama wants him in both sports but he can only play 1. Saban would rip his scholly if he couldn’t cut it and you know it.
racist? I said he should go to MEMPHIS because he could easily play both, be close to home, and it is a Culturally Diverse CITY he would really enjoy.
Chances are very slim he could go to UCLA and make the grades. keep Believing a Georgia Government School Education from 80% of this state’s schools can compare to the challenges he will face in college.

Billy

September 22nd, 2011
2:13 pm

Pretty good list of schools but Arizona is not a good football school but is is an excellent BB town. His best bet would be to go UGA or Florida.