How did Robert Carter rate his official visit to UGA? (Next stop is Georgia Tech)

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The state of Georgia has three basketball stars that are ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall college prospects — Shiloh High School’s Robert Carter, Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Miller Grove’s Tony Parker. The threesome, who all play power forward, have been dubbed “The Big Three” by college recruiters.

The best chance for both UGA and Georgia Tech in keeping at least one member of “The Big Three” at home for college appears to be Robert Carter.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pounder took an official visit to UGA over the weekend, and will make a recruiting trip to Georgia Tech on Friday. Carter will also visit Florida, Florida State and either Kentucky or Maryland within the next few weeks.

When asked to rank his UGA trip on a 1-10 scale, Carter said, “It was up there. It was in the 8, 9 or 10 range. Well, I couldn’t really tell because that was my first official visit. There might be one better but then again, there might not be. I don’t know yet. Georgia was pretty good.”

Robert Carter will make back-to-back visits to UGA and Georgia Tech

Robert Carter will make back-to-back visits to UGA and Georgia Tech

Carter arrived in Athens on Friday, and his host was freshman sensation Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. With UGA’s football playing on the road at Vanderbilt, Carter said most of his time was spent hanging out with the players and watching practices.

“I’ve known Coach Fox for a long time; he has been recruiting me since he got to Georgia,” Carter said. “He’s a really nice guy, and I feel like he’s telling me everything right. I don’t think he’s lying to me. I think he and his coaching staff are great people. They want me to be their guy at power forward.”

Carter said Fox told him that UGA has one scholarship remaining for its 2012 recruiting class and he’s the No. 1 priority. That’s a pretty big deal, because the Bulldogs are also in Goodwin’s top five.

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“They really want me; Coach Fox has told me that I’m the first option at power forward since day one and that they are saving a scholarship for me,” Carter said. “I guess they are recruiting [Goodwin] but they really want me to come there because they say I really fit their system well as a big man who can score. Georgia said they have me on their recruiting board as their No. 1 guy, and that really meant a lot to me.”

Where does Carter have UGA on his board? “It might be a good situation for me. I have to take all of my official visits and see what’s best. As of right now, they are pretty good. I like them.”

One final note on Carter: There have been conflicting reports on whether or not he has been offered by Kentucky. We asked Carter to clarify. “Kentucky has talked to my coaches a lot. It’s not an official offer. I think they claim they don’t really offer guys unless they really want to come there or wherever. I don’t really know. They want me to come up there and see it, so that’s where we stand right now.”

Tony Parker will visit Duke at the end of the month (AJC photo)

Tony Parker will visit Duke at the end of the month (AJC photo)

What about the rest of “The Big Three”?

  • Shaq Goodwin: UCLA and Memphis appear to be the frontrunners for Shaq, who made his first official visit over the weekend, traveling to Memphis. Goodwin also has UGA, Florida and Arizona in his top five. His longtime AAU coach, Korey McCray, was hired an assistant at UCLA last summer. Shaq claims that he will play both basketball and football in college, although basketball would be his first option if he was forced to choose. Note: Even if Carter signed with UGA and Shaq wanted to go there, too, the Bulldogs could find a spot for him by putting him on a football scholarship.
  • Tony Parker: Duke and Ohio State appear to be the frontrunners for Parker, who visited Memphis over the weekend. He has already toured Ohio State and UCLA, and will go to Duke at the end of the month. Parker made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and is still trying to work out a quick trip to UGA.

Bottom line: Both UGA and Georgia Tech have had outstanding years in recruiting the homegrown talent. However, landing one member of “The Big Three” would push either school over the top and be like a “Dream Team.”

THE DAY’S RECRUITING NEWS

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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27 comments Add your comment

nvdjnvdjbgv

October 17th, 2011
1:53 am

nvdjnvdjbgv

October 17th, 2011
1:53 am

and prob last

gamecock

October 17th, 2011
2:01 am

Never heard of the Robert kid. I think Shaq Is out of shape. Tony would fit in awesome at Duke plus he will get a great education

JAWJeRDAWG

October 17th, 2011
5:49 am

If he is indeed Coach Fox’s number one recruit at power forward, I hope he sees the opportunity he will have in an up-and-coming college basketball program and chooses to play for the University of Georgia.

Never know how these young athletes will see their college career choice taking them towards the NBA and how they see they will fit within that program.

Hope Coach Fox and the team can convince Tony Parker to stay home and play for UGA. .. Go Dawgs!

JAWJeRDAWG

October 17th, 2011
5:53 am

ROBERT CARTER, not Tony Parker; feel he is probably bound elsewhere.

MC 12

October 17th, 2011
7:30 am

Shiloh should have the best year ever with Robert Carter and the 6′11″ soph. They will probably be the top team in Gwinnett this year.

[...] Tony Parker: Duke and Ohio State appear to be the frontrunners for Parker, who was also scheduled to visit Memphis over the weekend. He has already toured Ohio State and UCLA, and will go to Duke at the end of the month. Parker made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech and is still trying to work out a quick trip to UGA. http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011…ogs_recruiting [...]

coachx

October 17th, 2011
8:54 am

Robert Carter and Caldwell-Pope would take UGA basketball to new heights !

Those 2 would be something special and be rembered as the stars who turned UGA hoops around.

Go Dawgs !

jl

October 17th, 2011
9:10 am

I think he would be a good fit at Kentucky.

GTJason

October 17th, 2011
9:18 am

Some strange words in there like he didn’t think that Fox was lying to him. To even have to clarify that means he has thoughts otherwise. 1 scholarship left and going after Shaq and Robert points to we’ll take whoever. He’ll start right away at GT but I hope he at least stays in state…

BigTimeTechFan

October 17th, 2011
9:41 am

Robert is very nice player and kind of player EVERY school needs, Big body kid that can score. Not sure you can say he would fit better on one school over any other. Hope he likes Tech, but he will do well whatever he decides.

bitter B ball----dream team

October 17th, 2011
9:55 am

tech and the dawgs both stand to have there best recruiting year in————forever

Brian

October 17th, 2011
9:56 am

Will Shaq sign a basketball scholarship in November or a football scholarship in Feb.? Robert isn’t considering football so we know his ’ship has to be basketball. Shaq can come in on a football scholarship. We can take both Robert and Shaq, if they want.

dap01

October 17th, 2011
10:04 am

Hey Robert, please choose Tech. There aren’t many girls on campus but football tickets are cheap and you and all of your friends can always just walk up to any game and get a good seat. You don’t even have to come early.

PS: Be careful in the parking lot (dangerous neighborhood).

Paul in NH (formerly RDU)

October 17th, 2011
10:16 am

Dream Team for UGA or GT in basketball? Please be serious. The usual suspects (aka UK, UNC, Duke, etc) get 3 – 4 top 50 players every year.

BG

October 17th, 2011
10:26 am

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BobDawg

October 17th, 2011
10:37 am

Don’t you know that Travis Leslie is regretting his decision to leave UGA for the Pro’s…They won’t draw a paycheck this year and could have owned their skills with another year. UGA will probably start slow this year and wind up strong by March… Upside for UGA and Tech is off the charts now with their respective coaches…

rightofcenter

October 17th, 2011
11:38 am

Michael,
Please don’t use the stupid DREAM TEAM moniker anymore. It’s overused and trite, and puts too much emphasis on high school players who haven’t done a darn thing in college yet. I must say, you seem to be infatuated by the term.

tony

October 17th, 2011
1:09 pm

I really like Carter. I hope Fox can reel him in. I believe Carter and Pope will do more for the team than Thompkins and Leslie.

collegeballfan

October 17th, 2011
1:10 pm

If all three are “one and done” players then UCLA, KY or Duke can have them.

Devin

October 17th, 2011
1:27 pm

GT landed a top 5 class in 09. Defintely not there best class ever…UGA maybe but Carter is likely GT bound and UGA’s class is all 3 stars.

Robert Carter Clarifies Kentucky Interest

October 17th, 2011
2:12 pm

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ok

October 17th, 2011
4:11 pm

Dream team? We’ll see…and has anybody asked Coach Richt about using a possible scholarship for Shaq? Don’t know if he’d go for that for a part time footballer….when he says he wants to play football and basketball, is he willing to play football till the season ends and then join the b-ball team? Can we sacrifice a full track scholarship for him instead of a b-ball or football? hmmmmm

nobody

October 17th, 2011
8:22 pm

why would you offer a scholarship to someone who didn’t want to come…truth be known, you don’t have to make a fool of yourself by explaining to another kid that you are begging the one who is not interested to come play? believe Kentucky has got it right…then again, kentucky can get away with it because many talented kids desire to play there

Hoops Dawg

October 17th, 2011
11:35 pm

I used to think that I’d prefer Goodwin if we could only get one of the big 3. It seems obvious that Parker hasen’t much interest in UGA, and Goodwin may be a bit of a narcissist. I like Robert carter’s interview naswers–seems like a talented stand-up guy who would really really help the dawgs. I sure hope we can get him.

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