Recruiting drama!!! What will Tony Parker and Shaq Goodwin do?

If you were an elite basketball prospect, would you sign early or late?

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The state of Georgia has three of the top 25 overall college prospects in the nation with Miller Grove’s Tony Parker, Southwest DeKalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Shiloh’s Robert Carter.

Wednesday was the first day of the NCAA’s early signing period, and Carter is tentatively scheduled to announce between Georgia Tech and UGA, among others, at 5 p.m. Thursday.

What about Parker and Goodwin? They may wait until April’s late signing period.

Duke and Ohio State are considered the frontrunners for the 6-foot-9, 270-pound Tony Parker, who also took official visits to UCLA and Memphis.

“Tony is probably signing late,” Miller Grove High School coach Sharman White told the AJC on Wednesday.

After school on Wednesday, Parker texted “I’m not signing this week.” We asked Parker if that meant next week, too, with the signing period ending next Wednesday, and we’re waiting to hear back. He could mean that he’s waiting for April.

There’s a little more drama surrounding the 6-8, 240-pound Shaq Goodwin. He made the surprising decision to commit to Memphis on Tuesday but told the AJC on Wednesday that he is unsure if he will sign early.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Goodwin, declining to go into more details.

It was not a surprise that Goodwin committed to Memphis, but that he did it before taking all five official visits. He has only made recruiting trips to Memphis and UCLA, with UGA, Florida and Arizona also listed as his leaders.

Shaq Goodwin committed to Memphis on Tuesday but will he sign with the Tigers? If so, when? Early or late period? (AJC)

Shaq Goodwin committed to Memphis on Tuesday but will he sign with the Tigers? If so, when? Early or late period? (AJC)

There is also speculation that when Goodwin abruptly committed to Memphis on Tuesday, announcing on Twitter that he was “#MemphisBound,” that he had yet to fully discuss the situation with his family.

Why would a top prospect wait until April’s late period? There are many reasons. Here are three: (1) He may want to want to see if there are any coaching changes after the college season at the colleges he is considering. The assistant in charge of recruiting him may leave for another school, or the head coach could get fired or hired away by another team. (2) He may want to look at the depth chart after the college season to see if there are any transfers or NBA Draft defections which may affect his playing time. (3) Most likely, the player is simply undecided, or torn between a few schools, and needs more time to evaluate his decision.

Doesn’t a player risk losing his scholarship by signing late? Yes, but highly unlikely with elite prospects such as Parker, Goodwin or Carter. Even if one pulled a scholarship, there would be plenty of more willing to wait until the cows come home.

Here’s a list of some top prospects who did sign on Wednesday (will update as we confirm):

  • Chris Bolden, North Gwinnett, Georgia Tech basketball
  • Marcus Hunt, North Clayton, Georgia Tech basketball
  • Kenny Gaines, Whitefield Academy, UGA basketball
  • Brandon Morris, Miller Grove, UGA basketball
  • Charles Mann, Milton, UGA basketball
  • Evan Nolte, Milton, Virginia basketball
  • Jordan Price, SW DeKalb, Auburn basketball
  • Jordan Adams, Oak Hill Prep (Va.), UCLA basketball
  • Justin Tuoyo, Lovejoy, VCU basketball
  • CJ Reese, McCallie Prep (Tenn.), SE Missouri State basketball
  • Justin Seymour, Wheeler, Utah basketball
  • Jaron Blossomgame, Chattahoochee, Clemson basketball

If you know of another HS athlete that signed on Wednesday, please include the player’s name, high school, college and sport … and email it to mcarvell@ajc.com

Clemson-bound Jaron Blossongame of Chattahoochee High School is surrounded by family and friends after signing a basketball scholarship on Wednesday

Clemson-bound Jaron Blossomgame of Chattahoochee High School is surrounded by family and friends after signing a basketball scholarship on Wednesday

55 comments Add your comment

GT

November 9th, 2011
2:05 pm

Chris Bolden also signed his LOI to Georgia Tech.

GTJason

November 9th, 2011
2:06 pm

Hunt, Bolden, then if we get Carter will be a HUGE homegrown signing class for Gregory. Now we can stop with the garbage that recruiting is going to drop off without Hewitt at the helm.

RRTDawgs

November 9th, 2011
2:13 pm

UGA and Tech have done a decent job of recruiting the state hope one our schools gets Carter but would be shocked if we out of state .

Trufan

November 9th, 2011
2:20 pm

I think Goodwin is still thinking about UGA

CourtCred.com

November 9th, 2011
2:23 pm

Tune in CourtCred.com Thursday at 7:30pm to catch the live broadcast of the #2 team in the country Miller Grove Wolverines, square off against the nations #27th ranked team the Milton Eagles.

harold

November 9th, 2011
2:25 pm

UGA IS NOT COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL. THEY WILL GO TO CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOOLS THAT ARE.

BullDog

November 9th, 2011
2:25 pm

Carvell, sorry for off topic question but which football recruits will be officially or unofficially attending the Georgia-auburn game this weekend?

True Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2011
2:27 pm

Announcing before Techs game, unfortunately most liekly going there. Or he could slap them in the face before their game and pick UGA!

True Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

CourtCred.com

November 9th, 2011
2:23 pm
Tune in CourtCred.com Thursday at 7:30pm to catch the live broadcast of the #2 team in the country Miller Grove Wolverines, square off against the nations #27th ranked team the Milton Eagles.

Go Milton!!!!!!!!!!!!! (My HS if you cant tell)

RRTDawgs

November 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

Goodwin’s parents were not happy with his decision so there is outside chance that its not over the recruitment of Shaq .

True Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2011
2:29 pm

harold

November 9th, 2011
2:25 pm
UGA IS NOT COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL. THEY WILL GO TO CHAMPIONSHIP SCHOOLS THAT ARE.

Really?? So why did they rebuild the basketball areana during the offseason? Why did they build that brand new workout center???

Patrick

November 9th, 2011
2:32 pm

Harold – Please give it up… you’re on every UGA blog acting like a Dawg Fan, but you’re clearly not.

RRTDawgs

November 9th, 2011
2:35 pm

Horold= NO Life he says same thing every week we need to try ignore him and tide roll .

Hoopster

November 9th, 2011
2:35 pm

GT got the best shooter in the state in Bolden.
GT got the best wing in the state in Hunt.
GT will get the 2nd best big in the state in Carter.

I’d say Gregory, in such limited time, has done wonders for that program.

GTFAN

November 9th, 2011
2:46 pm

Michael Carvell- YOU KNOW Chris Bolden also signed his LOI to Georgia Tech today. Slip your mind or something? Not considering him a top prospect, but all three UGA commits are?? Last I checked he was a star down the stretch in last years 5A championship…committed to this states flagship basketball program in Georgia Tech.

I’m not one to get on you AJC writers about your bias toward one school or the next, but why leave Bolden off your list? Just answer me that…

Bull

November 9th, 2011
2:49 pm

which football recruits will be officially or unofficially attending the Georgia-auburn game this weekend?

GTFAN

November 9th, 2011
2:51 pm

Michael Carvell- Why leave Chris Bolden off your list? Just forgot about him? Don’t think he’s considered a top recruit, but all three UGA recruits are? Last I checked he lead his team down the stretch to win the 5A state championship and is committed to the states flagship basketball program at Georgia Tech. YOU KNOW he signed his LOI today…but you just decide to not mention him, huh?
I’m usually not one to comment on the AJC writers bias toward one school or the next, but you have to be kidding me man. Just disrespectful honestly.

sportdog

November 9th, 2011
2:58 pm

Robert Carter is not from the Atlanta area.
He just moved there after playing at Thomasville for three years
By the way Willie Clayton is signing with Charlotte on Thursday

Michael Carvell

November 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

@GT Fan, I did NOT leave Chris Bolden off the list. I was waiting for
confirmation
from Chris Bolden, North Gwinnett High School, or Georgia Tech that he made it “official” by signing the scholarship papers. When Georgia Tech SID Mike Stamus confirmed it at 2:56 p.m, then I posted it. There are other prospects from the state of Georgia that are committed to colleges but I do not have it confirmed that they have signed. I will not post their names until I have confirmation.

Devin

November 9th, 2011
3:35 pm

Goodwin is thinking about UCLA not UGA. Think he ends up playing in Los Angeles.

collegeballfan

November 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

Nice job of recruiting by Gregory. Solid recruits. And Carter would be icing on the cake.

Curious about Goodwin. He probably needs to wait until football is over and just get the football nonsense out of his head. He is a BB player.

atl tiger

November 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

Devin
November 9th, 2011
3:35 pm

“Goodwin is thinking about UCLA not UGA. Think he ends up playing in Los Angeles.”

“Goodwin’s mom is thinking about living in LA, not Memphis. Think he ends up playing in Los Angeles.”

FIFY.

PAR

November 9th, 2011
3:54 pm

ATL Tiger – How upset will you be if Goodwin spurns Memphis? You’ve done an awful lot of talking on these blogs the last few days, and something tells me he doesn’t end up signing with your beloved Tigers…

Harold

November 9th, 2011
3:55 pm

I’m a flaming loser:(

GTFanIsIlliterate

November 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

GT Fan…Chris Bolden is clearly mentioned. READ!

Cat Shabazz

November 9th, 2011
4:10 pm

With no NBA – will have to follow college ball more closely this season.

GT breaking in new coach.
UGA acts like they care.

Rooting for both!

Go Hawks!

RRTDawgs

November 9th, 2011
4:23 pm

Man i guess UGA never had chance with Goodwin or Carter oh well but i like what Fox has done Mann , Gaines and Morris will be good players for us .

GTFAN

November 9th, 2011
4:27 pm

whooo booyyyy…you got my blood boiling Michael Carvell. Nice recovery. I can continue reading your blogs now.

@GTFanIsIlliterate…try and keep up

BobDawg

November 9th, 2011
4:28 pm

It’s just gonna take time with both programs… Both facilities are being upgraded and the backing is there and once we get the kids to take visits and see all the good happening then the programs will get more consistent year in, year out and win championships.

True Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2011
4:38 pm

GTFAN

November 9th, 2011
2:46 pm
Michael Carvell- YOU KNOW Chris Bolden also signed his LOI to Georgia Tech today. Slip your mind or something? Not considering him a top prospect, but all three UGA commits are?? Last I checked he was a star down the stretch in last years 5A championship…committed to this states flagship basketball program in Georgia Tech.

I’m not one to get on you AJC writers about your bias toward one school or the next, but why leave Bolden off your list? Just answer me that…

Flagship program is tech??????????

Better check again, I believe its UGA thats has owned Tech in BBall lately making us the Flagship Program but good try hahahahahahahahahhaa

True Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2011
4:41 pm

RRTDawgs

November 9th, 2011
4:23 pm
Man i guess UGA never had chance with Goodwin or Carter oh well but i like what Fox has done Mann , Gaines and Morris will be good players for us .

We still have a shot with both of them. Goodwin was at one point UGas to lose, hopefully he will smarten up and take all of his visits now. I have a strong feeling that when he gets to tour Athens he wont want to leave. Personally though I would rather have Carter. He seems to have his head on a little straighter than Goodwin. I mean really who commits to a school without even talking with your parents?

True Dawg Fan

November 9th, 2011
4:42 pm

GTFAN

November 9th, 2011
2:51 pm
Michael Carvell- Why leave Chris Bolden off your list? Just forgot about him? Don’t think he’s considered a top recruit, but all three UGA recruits are? Last I checked he lead his team down the stretch to win the 5A state championship and is committed to the states flagship basketball program at Georgia Tech.

So since when has GT become a flagship program in any sport??

Last I checked UGA had been spanking Tech in bball. So if there is a flagship program for BBall in this state it would be UGA not Yech.

JM

November 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

imagine a newspaper guy checking facts and waiting for confirmations. I commend you, Carvell. The 0.2 second media speed hasn’t blinded you.

GTFAN

November 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

@True Dawg Fan

PLEASE…

RRTDawgs

November 9th, 2011
4:54 pm

I agree True Dawg Fan Goodwin we may have better shot at Carter is a GT lean but he will take a couple visits before he decides .

Paul in RDU

November 9th, 2011
6:39 pm

Michael Carvell
Kudos for your policy of only posting that kids have signed AFTER the paperwork is in to the schools and it has been confirmed.

tenn.DAWG

November 9th, 2011
7:47 pm

Shaq man up and play for the True Flagship University,UGA.Come on,they need your skills.Plus it’s not a bad thing with ladies to be an instate hero.

ATLER

November 9th, 2011
8:20 pm

Shaq’s not playing for Tech, so he won’t be playing for the flagship Basketball school in Georgia.

Go Jackets!!!!

G.P. Burdell

November 9th, 2011
8:45 pm

GT is already winning in-state recruiting with a head coach and a staff that have been on the job for 6 months. New arena on the horizon. Things are looking up for GT Hoops. I think it is about time for Mark Fox to start shopping for better jobs. His window in Georgia is being slammed shut by Brian Gregory and his excellent assistant coaches.

Perhaps Mark Fox can be saved by playing a wussy SEC schedule like that spray-on-tan, criminal recruiting, Bible thumping hypocrite across campus.

atl tiger

November 9th, 2011
8:59 pm

“PAR

November 9th, 2011
3:54 pm

ATL Tiger – How upset will you be if Goodwin spurns Memphis? You’ve done an awful lot of talking on these blogs the last few days, and something tells me he doesn’t end up signing with your beloved Tigers…”

I will be disappointed.

Kind of weird that the kid can say where he wants to go, confirm it multiple times and yet other people are not happy. Makes you think the others are after something more than what the player is after.

atl tiger

November 9th, 2011
9:02 pm

“True Dawg Fan

I mean really who commits to a school without even talking with your parents?”

You do not know that is what happened. You only know speculation. The AAU “coach” who is at UCLA is putting the heat on.

Just Sayin

November 9th, 2011
9:03 pm

G.P. Burdell going through life as a complete dumba$$ and uninformed fool must be miserable for you.

UofMemphisTiger

November 9th, 2011
11:21 pm

Shaq Goodwin wants to play at Memphis because Memphis has a great shot a making another run at a National Championship with the other recruits they are in with plus the numerous 5-star recruits they already have on their roster. Plus they play in an NBA arena filed with 18000 plus with NBA scouts at every game.It’s not hard to understand.

49-25-2 glad I ain't a redneck from athens

November 10th, 2011
1:18 am

I think we should put all the talk to rest by asking why Georgia tech leads the all time series in basketball against Uga-y??? Just sayin!!!

49-25-2 glad I ain't a redneck from athens

November 10th, 2011
1:20 am

Every major player in college that has played in the thrillerdome has said its a awesome place to play a game

Rednecks + Athens = gay uga

November 10th, 2011
1:21 am

Enter your comments here

gary

November 10th, 2011
5:22 am

The real capper is that UGA end up getting a package deal,Carter and Goodwin,what a dream team,but wouldn’t it be great for a up and coming team like UGA,BUT HOPE WE GET ONE

Thomas Brown

November 10th, 2011
6:12 am

Georgia tek does not graduate their men basketball players, and while they are there, they lose to Georgia. That they finally fired Paul Hewitt is proof of this. The facts are Georgia tek has not been doing well in men’s basketball. And, not beating UGA. And, not graduating their players.

Georgia tek is on NCAA

Thomas Brown

November 10th, 2011
6:13 am

PROBATION

in both men’s basketball

and FOOTBALL back-to-back repeat offenders.

obamaagainin2012

November 10th, 2011
7:45 am

None of the recruits want to live in Athens. Look for Shaq, Alex and Jarnell to sign with Memphis.