Shaq Goodwin headed out of state to play college basketball (UPDATED)

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.

Memphis-bound Shaq Goodwin (AJC)

Memphis-bound Shaq Goodwin (AJC)

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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261 comments Add your comment

UGADawg41

November 8th, 2011
1:44 pm

GT Fan

November 8th, 2011
1:47 pm

Good luck to Mr. Goodwin

John Wooden man

November 8th, 2011
1:51 pm

How could Mr. Goodwin pass over all those fine institutions for a dump like Memphis? It’s the armpit of the country, about as attractive as Cleveland or Detroit. Also, the Memphis coach Josh Pastner is nothing but a hustler. I wouldn’t trust anything he says.

GrantPakGator

November 8th, 2011
1:54 pm

Goodwin first next Parker to go with the 5* TN kids: Jarnell Stokes and Alex Poythress. Memphis is getting 5 Top 100 kids the same cycle. WOW!

rm

November 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

Memphis? really? Memphis?

RRTDawgs

November 8th, 2011
2:03 pm

I guess Mark Fox was not as good as recruiter as we thought this is a big blow to the basketball program it looked like Fox was going to get Goodwin i guess you just can’t compete with big basketball schools .

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
2:04 pm

“Memphis? really? Memphis?”

The truth hurts! ROTFLAMO!

NC Dawg

November 8th, 2011
2:08 pm

enjoy that hell hole

U of Mem

November 8th, 2011
2:12 pm

That’s right, sorry UGA fans. You can’t run with the big dogs with it comes to basketball. The sorry BCS can’t help you here. Our program has not fallen since Calipari left. We are pre-seasoned ranked #8 with a team full of sophmores. After we get this guy out of Las Vegas and a couple of more recruits. We will be right back where we belong…………………………………………………………

Univ of Mem sucks in football but we will kick anybodies @$% in basketball. You guys have all season to brag with it comes to football, now it’s our time

cajdawg

November 8th, 2011
2:12 pm

Memphis? What a shame, the kid was considering some quality academic institutions.

U of Mem

November 8th, 2011
2:13 pm

Guess what, our coach is only 33 yrs old. This year’s team is a beast. Memphis is an urban city that loves an urban sport!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tiger Nation – Stand up

DawgByte

November 8th, 2011
2:15 pm

RRTDawgs -

The sky is falling… it’s all over, Mark Fox is the worst! LMAO…

Judge Dawg

November 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

I had forgotten who the previous coach was. Everything now makes sense.

Da'Rick is 0-2

November 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

He never seriously considered UGA.

Nate the Great

November 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

Good luck Goodwin. Sounds like an 18 yo kid though. “I’m playing football but probably not. I’m going to make my decision in late April, until I get caught up in the recruiting hype and then commit without having visited the other two schools on my list.”

Again, good luck Mr. Goodwin, but try and actually weigh your options before making major life choices in the future.

john

November 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

Y would anyone live in Memphis? Good luck

Rip Collins

November 8th, 2011
2:19 pm

Obviously cajdawg knows nothing of UM academics, I’m not seeing Duke or Vandy on this list and the other schools have nothing on us academically!

Rip

November 8th, 2011
2:22 pm

John, not sure where you live nor do I care, have you ever been to Memphis? It is not for everyone but many like it there.

GrantPakGator

November 8th, 2011
2:22 pm

Memphis getting 3 top kids out of Ga….Fox and BG better get it together quickly.

Dontthinkso..

November 8th, 2011
2:27 pm

Go west young man…to never be heard of again…

U of Mem

November 8th, 2011
2:29 pm

Shaq’s own words – UGA, you have a decent football prgram, but not basketball.
Goodwin, a two-sports star at Southwest Dekalb who has stated he plans to play both basketball and football in college, also considered Arizona, Florida, Georgia and UCLA. He made an official visit to Memphis for Memphis Madness on Oct. 14, and afterward rated the visit a “10″ on a scale of 1-10 in an interview with The Commercial Appeal.

GTJason

November 8th, 2011
2:31 pm

Carter on Thursday… hmmm, what does GT have going on Thursday night??? Think an announcement at the game is possible? Get some Derrick Favors style fame before coming to school

Contractor

November 8th, 2011
2:33 pm

Decided to go to Memphis huh? What a disgusting place. You see more “First 48″ episodes out of that city than anywhere in the country, and it looks like a dump outside of Graceland. I am a Georgia fan, but would have been satisfied with UCLA, Arizona, Florida, or Georgia over that trashy school he picked. Calipari is not there anymore to prepare him for the NBA, so he definitely should reconsider the academics at the other schools and make a decision where he can get a quality education and the spotlight playing for a contender in the Pac-12 or SEC. Oh well, and good luck sir.

St. Richt

November 8th, 2011
2:34 pm

For those of you questioning this decision, you must not watch much basketball. Memphis is by far a better basketball program than Georgia. Not even close..

Dana Kirk

November 8th, 2011
2:36 pm

Greg

November 8th, 2011
2:38 pm

Memphis fans, please shut up. Even compared to a lowly program like UGA, the number of Final Fours are equal at ONE. Don’t tell me anything about a few years ago with Derrick Rose and the mid-80’s with Keith Lee. Those Final 4 appearances were rightfully cleared from the books because Dana Kirk and John Calipari were doing what Memphis has to do to compete with “legitimate” basketball programs – CHEAT. And if you think your current coach or anyone else worth a damn is going to stay with a wannabe Conf USA program like Memphis for any longer than absolutely necessary, you are dreaming.

Contractor

November 8th, 2011
2:42 pm

Rip Collins,

None of those schools have anything on Memphis academics? Where are you from, and what statistics do you pay attention to? Georgia has one of the best Business Schools in the Country, top Communications and Veterinary programs. Florida boasts one of the top Engineering and Medical schools in the country. UCLA and Arizona are all in the Top 125 of the Top Colleges in the country, and Memphis isn’t even ranked according to Forbes and US Weekly.

Walker, Texas Ranger

November 8th, 2011
2:44 pm

A dump outside of Graceland. apparently you have never been to Graceland. That is the worst part of Memphis. Beale Street is awesome.

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
2:51 pm

None of those schools have anything on Memphis academics? Where are you from, and what statistics do you pay attention to? …and Memphis isn’t even ranked according to Forbes and US Weekly.

The undergraduate business program at the University of Memphis has been named among the nation’s top 100 business programs by U.S. News & World Report…coming in at 97 out of 382 undergraduate business programs, said Dr. Rajiv Grover, dean of the university’s Fogelman College of Business and Economics.

U of Mem

November 8th, 2011
2:52 pm

@Greg & Contractor – now the gloves are off. You want to talk about Memphis. Let’s look at UGA, most of your athletes can even put together a complete sentence, let a lone talk. Most of our basketball players have a GPA higher than 2.0. I think it’s Georgia ranks 50th in education. – 100 years and running. Your last claim to fame is Herschel Walker – I wasn’t born then. Athens is full of hillbilllies like the rest of the SEC. How many UGA players were arrested this year. More than any Memphis team in the past 10 years. You suck in basketball, so stick to football. Oh, that’s right, you suck in football too………………..You haven’t beat a team with a winning record all year. You make ten(s) of millions of dollars being the flagship school for the state and getting corporate welfare from the BCS. Your team sucks in both sports, pick up baseball. A sport that nobodies watches. UGA IS NOT EVEN RESPECTED IN THEIR OWN CONFERENCES……….DO BAMA, LSU, FLORIDA, OR AUBURN RESPECTS YOU, NO. UGA beat a team 3 times in 20 years and have the nerve to call it them your rival. Trick please. Your players was caught with weed, selling jerseys, beating women, but your coach is a man of GOD. Trick, please shut!!!!!!!

Walker, Texas Ranger

November 8th, 2011
2:53 pm

And Penn State is #3 in the Washington Monthly ranking doesn’t mean I’m letting my kid go there. So much for academic rankings

Dana Kirk

November 8th, 2011
2:53 pm

Play at a half-empty Stegman Mausoleum or a sold out FedEx Center? Not that tough of a decision. Greg- you don’t know what you’re talking about. Memphis is a destination program for basketball coaches. Calipari left for Kentucky, which may well even eclipse UNC and Duke as the best basketball program in the country. Its not like he left for some basketball wannabe in the SEC like Georgia.

Elvis

November 8th, 2011
2:54 pm

Memphis is a more close knit community than atlanta will ever realize or understand. And that community, black or white, rich or poor, roots tiger basketball in a focused way that you just dont get in atl. Maybe this young man picked up on that positive energy during his visit.

Or maybe he just wanted a real chance to play for a natl title. Uga – not so much.

Earlier responders: you dont like memphis? Good. It aint for you.

Contractor

November 8th, 2011
2:54 pm

Walker, Texas Ranger,

I’ll let you have Beale Street, and I’ll stick with Broad Street in Athens any day. You can also have all 10,000 fans that show up to your football games, and I’ll stick with the nearly 100,000 that make it into Sanford Stadium, and I’ll loan you the extra 8,000 y’all hold for basketball that you share with a professional team.

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
2:55 pm

“Greg

Dana Kirk and John Calipari were doing what Memphis has to do to compete with “legitimate” basketball programs – CHEAT.”

Yet Greg can’t explain how the current QB and RB at AL received traffic tickets this summer while driving 2010-11 tricked out Tahoes worth about $40K.

Greg also can’t explain how H Walker had a Red trans Am while at UGA. Otherwise Greg would not be making such a butt out of himself.

McDawg

November 8th, 2011
2:57 pm

i’d rather build a program w/ kids who will play for 4 yrs rather than bolt after one or two

fox has done a fine job and will continue to do so

ormewood

November 8th, 2011
2:58 pm

Enjoy those exciting conference road tilts in empty arenas versus UAB, USM, ECU, etc.

Dana Kirk

November 8th, 2011
2:58 pm

Elvis has entered the building, and he speaks the TRUTH!

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
2:59 pm

“i’d rather build a program w/ kids who will play for 4 yrs rather than bolt after one or two”

I agree. I would rather have a full set of 3* and then top it off with a 5*, than to have a bunch of one and done players. Shaq should probably play for 3 years then go get paid.

collegeballfan

November 8th, 2011
3:00 pm

Memphis is a basketball program that matters in the grand scheme of college basketball. UGA is not there yet. GT was there and now must fight its way back.

Carter would be a big signing for GT.

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
3:00 pm

ormewood

“Enjoy those exciting conference road tilts in empty arenas versus UAB, USM, ECU, etc.”

Almost as good as going to South Carolina, MS State, Ole Miss, UGA…hahahah

But then the NCAA appearances make it worth it…But UGA fans wouldn’t know about that.

Chuck

November 8th, 2011
3:02 pm

Not all players want to put in the work it takes to help build a program :D

… Thought I’d throw the Techies a bone.

BTW – did you know it’s okay to insult a kid who opts away from Tech (”he doesn’t have the grades”) them, somehow, say Georgia fans rip players who commit elsewhere.

Talk about cognitive dissonance.

Contractor

November 8th, 2011
3:03 pm

U of Mem,

You’re obviously an idiot. Georgia dwarfs Memphis in all things academic and athletic. Memphis is known as a dirty program, and our teams will take the field against yours any day and take the cake. I don’t think you are in no way of talking trash about Georgia athletes with all the questionable recruits and proven cheaters y’all have had come through your program the last 10 years. Let me know when your basketball team starts wearing shorts that don’t touch the court when they play and then we’ll talk, loser.

Dana Kirk

November 8th, 2011
3:03 pm

Yes, ormewood, the SEC has such raucous basketball crowds outside of Kentucky! Give me a break.. You’ve conveniently left off teams that Memphis plays such as Michigan, Duke, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgetown, Xavier, Miami, and Gonzaga..

duronimo

November 8th, 2011
3:05 pm

A player of his stature going to Memphis? Unless it’s the barbeque … might ought to look under the table.

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

“Enjoy those exciting conference road tilts in empty arenas versus UAB, USM, ECU, etc”

Memphis at UAB : 11K
Memphis at USM : 6K

UGA Average : 8K
Memphis Average : 18K

U of Mem

November 8th, 2011
3:07 pm

100,000 athens fans to go to the Liberty Bowl because it will be a cold day in hell before you get to the BCS Championship game. I’m from Memphis, I hate UT like I hate UGA. Keep your college football, most of us real fans that can see thru the BCS or BS hustle game. We love the NFL anyway. College football is a rural sport, basketball is a urban sport. Enough said. Plus Coach Fox will be gone as soon as a real basketball school reach out to him. UGA Fans – your new nick name will be “Next Year”, every year I hear UGA fans tell me that Next Year, they will be good……………..ain’t gonna happen, playa

Destin Dawg

November 8th, 2011
3:08 pm

Mya be a better fit for him… Shaq may realize he could not hack the school work at the better schools including UGA..???

Atl Tiger

November 8th, 2011
3:08 pm

Contractor == one uninformed, ignorant son of a bi+ch. Clear enough?

Destin Dawg

November 8th, 2011
3:09 pm