UPDATE: Many of the media reports stating that Shaq Goodwin committed to Memphis were based on his tweet early Tuesday that said “#MemphisBound.” I did confirm it directly with Goodwin via text message that he did indeed commit to Memphis. However, Goodwin did NOT yet confirm if he will be signing with Memphis this week. There is speculation this afternoon that now he may wait. Please check back for updates.
Shaq Goodwin, one of three Georgia basketball players ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall college prospects, is headed out of state for college.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pounder from Southwest DeKalb High School committed to Memphis over UCLA, UGA, Florida and Arizona on Tuesday. Goodwin, who confirmed his commitment via text message, plays power forward.
Goodwin had hinted at waiting until April’s late signing period before making his decision so he could visit all of his finalists. However, Goodwin went ahead and picked on Tuesday after only making recruiting trips to both Memphis and UCLA.
Goodwin has claimed he will play both basketball and football in college, but it is likely that he will play only basketball. Goodwin lines up at wide receiver and tight end for Southwest DeKalb’s football team.
What about the other two elite Georgia basketball talents?
Georgia Tech appears to be the frontrunner for Robert Carter, a power forward from Shiloh High School. Carter has visited both UGA and Georgia Tech, and is also considering Florida and Florida State. He is expected to announce on Thursday.
Duke and Ohio State appear to be the leaders for Miller Grove power forward Tony Parker, who has also visited UCLA and Memphis. Parker is undecided if he will sign in this month’s early period or wait.
RELATED: Chamblee High guard Breana McDonald committed to Georgia Tech last Saturday, according to the AJC’s Ken Suguira. McDonald chose the Yellow Jackets over offers from across the ACC and SEC as well as national powerhouse Baylor, Atlanta Celtics coach Renardo Hudson said. Hudson said McDonald committed to Tech because of the academics and the coaching staff, as well as a desire to stay close to home and represent the state. McDonald’s other finalists included Miami, Auburn and Rutgers.
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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