Recruiting drama! Shaq Goodwin signs hours before midnight deadline

Memphis-bound Shaq Goodwin (AJC photo)

Memphis-bound Shaq Goodwin (AJC photo)

How about a little recruiting drama on the last day of basketball’s early signing period?

Facing a midnight deadline to the period, Southwest DeKalb High School power forward Shaq Goodwin went ahead and signed a letter-of-intent with Memphis.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Goodwin, who is ranked among the nation’s top 25 overall prospects, committed to Memphis last week with the intention of signing in April’s late period. On Wednesday, Goodwin decided to go ahead and sign rather than look at his other suitors, which were UCLA, UGA, Florida and Arizona.

“That’s where my heart was,” Goodwin said.

“The recruitment of William Shaquille Goodwin is over; welcome to the Tiger Nation!” his mother told the AJC. “We talked at length again last night and … he really didn’t want to visit anywhere else.”

  • Meanwhile, another one of the nation’s top 25 prospects, Miller Grove power forward Tony Parker, will not sign by the end of the day. The 6-9, 280-pound Parker is rumored to have Duke and Ohio State as his frontrunners, and has also taken official visits to UCLA and Memphis. He will likely commit within the next few months and then sign in the April period.
  • RELATED: UGA is in the running for the nation’s No. 1-ranked football prospect (click on story link)

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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95 comments Add your comment

annapolisdawg

November 16th, 2011
3:11 pm

Best of Luck Shaq; wish we would of seen you in the red and black!

Dawg Pound

November 16th, 2011
3:15 pm

Memphis is a dump. Worse than Cleveland and Detroit, or anywhere near Georgia Tech’s campus. I hope they gave him a can of mace to carry around.

Atl Tiger

November 16th, 2011
3:21 pm

BOOM BOOM out go da lights!

Shaq saw Memphis put a hurt on a good Belmont team.

Matt

November 16th, 2011
3:25 pm

congratulations, hope you enjoy Memephis. Please don’t come back here looking for a job after the NBA doesn’t work out.

This guy must love BBQ

November 16th, 2011
3:25 pm

Memphis: Where basketball dreams go to die.(Like Tech)

DawgSig

November 16th, 2011
3:28 pm

“A good Belmont team” …. hahahahahahaha

Dawginit.

November 16th, 2011
3:29 pm

Good luck to you at Memphis. We would have loved to have you in the Red and Black.

N.GA.DAWG

November 16th, 2011
3:31 pm

LOL Matt! There will be no open arms from some. Good luck young man and hope you made the right decision. Would have loved seeing you play in Athens!

RRTDawgs

November 16th, 2011
3:32 pm

Didn’t Memphis have good recruiting class last year and did not do much i mean what have they done .

annapolisdawg

November 16th, 2011
3:36 pm

Unfortunately for Shaq he probably won’t see an NBA roster. He now goes from being great to having to prove himself against more evenly matched talent. Either way, best of luck to the young man but I’m with Matt, no job offers in GA after playing days are done.

Factoid

November 16th, 2011
3:36 pm

DawgSig, Oh sorry guy’s I didn’t know I was such a fool.

2010-2011 UGA RPI 52
2010-2011 Belmont RPI 56

Belmont advanced further in the NCAA than UGA. Belmont lost by 3 to Duke last Sat night.

DesignerJacket

November 16th, 2011
3:36 pm

I’m no Georgie fan, but…Memphis? Seriously? I’ve been to Athens. I’ve also been to Memphis. I wouldn’t go either place, but if I’m choosing between them…it’s NOT gonna be Memphis! There must be something he saw there that is just completely out of the public eye. I can’t imagine…

McDawg

November 16th, 2011
3:37 pm

well hey great for belmont

Lol

November 16th, 2011
3:44 pm

Matt and Annapolis, it’s not like taking 2-3 years of turf management classes at the cesspool would have helped his career prospects either. You can argue he made the better basketball and academic decision to ignore UGA and go to Memphis.

U of M/Tigers(4Life)

November 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

@Dawginit – Yes, Memphis had 8 freshmen last year and lost to Arizona by 1 pt in the NCAA tournament last year. This year, we are re-loaded(#10) in the country. You might not remember this, but Memphis was an established basketball program before Calipari.

@DesignerJacket – don’t you guys have more men than women at your school. I like Georgia Tech(when Kenny Anderson played). You guys are losing to UGA now…………..holla when you guys fired your new coach in 4 years.

David Greene

November 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

Congratulations on your decision Shaq. You will be embraced by Memphis and you will love it here. Pastner and staff are great people and you will love playing in front of 18,000 fans night in and out. Shame on those who would turn their backs on you just because you choose to follow your heart.

atl Tiger

November 16th, 2011
3:48 pm

For the six years of eligibility beginning in 2004, Memphis graduated more NCAA student athletes than UGA. And Memphis doesn’t have womens gymnastics, swimming or equestrian. These 3 sports significantly raised UGA’s graduation rates. ROTFLMAO.

Floundering Fox Hounds Batman!

November 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

UGA basketball is in BIG BIG trouble. Barely beat a team the other night that is picked to finish last in their Mickey Mouse Conference.

DesignerJacket

November 16th, 2011
3:54 pm

U of M (Tigers 4 Life), yes GT is just over 65% male. But isn’t that only about as bad as UGA being 60% female? I don’t think a 50/50 ratio matters very much…Tech is also close to Emory, G-State, Spelman, Kennesaw, Perimeter, etc, so dating isn’t tough at all. Anyway, I think coach BG is nothing to make fun of. We won’t have any idea if Tech is good until ACC play begins. I mean congrats on getting Goodwin to come play in Memphis and all, but GT’s recruits aren’t exactly terrible and we get some of the toughest teams week in and week out in the ACC. Maybe Tech or UGA will pay Memphis head-to-head in a tournament or something and this guy can realize what he passed up. But anyway, congrats on having what it takes to root for a university most people outside of the recording industry have never heard of.

TRUE FAN

November 16th, 2011
3:54 pm

Sorry Atl Tiger, we actually have athletes that leave early to play in the NFL, NBA, and MLB. Our grad rates go a little down when so many leave early. Dumb Azz

obamaagainin2012

November 16th, 2011
3:56 pm

Good fit for the style Memphis plays.

U of M/Tigers(4Life)

November 16th, 2011
3:58 pm

Shaq Goodwin saw 18,000+ fans for a 12:00 Noon game yesterday. A team full of young talent. We have a couple of more recruits to add to our already talented team. We have the fastest point guard in all of college basketball, a deep bench, and bigs that can run the floor. We might also get the number #1 Player in high school BB player as well as the #1 juco player as well. WE Re-Loaded!!!!!!!!!……..I can’t make it to the game against Michigan but I will be home for the game against Georgetown….901 to da Final Four

obamaagainin2012

November 16th, 2011
4:00 pm

Shaq never had any Georgia schools in his top 5. LOL

Michael Tiger

November 16th, 2011
4:02 pm

All the Memphis haters, why would Shaq stay in Georgia, he’ll go to Memphis, play in an arena where fans actually show up, 18,000 plus, when Georgia and Tech start drawing that much you can keep Georgia players in state, enough said!!!! Atlanta area is the worst fans support in the country!!!

duronimo

November 16th, 2011
4:02 pm

Must be the barbeque!

collegeballfan

November 16th, 2011
4:10 pm

“Memphis: Where basketball dreams go to die.(Like Tech)”

Somehow one knew that ignorance would rear its ugly head. It always does when sports is the topic.

Players with NBA contracts as of today.

Georgia Tech – 6 (tied with LSU )
Memphis ——–5 (tied with Mich State)
Georgia———-2 (tied with 19 other teams)

Others of interest:

UCLA—12
Duke—10
Arizona—9
UConn—9
Kansas—9
Florida—9
UNC—8
Texas—7
Kentucky—7

See bleacherreport.com

DesignerJacket

November 16th, 2011
4:13 pm

I don’t think players go someplace because of the game attendance. But an 18k crowd is quite exciting for Memphis locals I’m sure. It just doesn’t make it a great place to go to school all on its own. I think that’s way we Georgians are scratching our heads over it. I mean he was recruited by some really classic schools. Like Memphis over UCLA? It’s just really different…

RollTide813

November 16th, 2011
4:18 pm

are they ( Memphis )off probation yet, from the mess Calipari left them in,

Michael Tiger

November 16th, 2011
4:18 pm

DesginerJacket: I mean he was recruited by some really classic schools. Like Memphis over UCLA? It’s just really different…

You mean the same UCLA program that hired an AAU coach to get 1 Atlanta player and that got beat by 20 by MTSU, thanks MTSU, after watching that game a player who said he wasn’t going to sign till the spring faxes in LOI the next day, LOL!!!!

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
4:20 pm

MATT…………….and what jobs do you have to offer? Do you own a company? Do you know for sure when he leaves college your company will actually be around for you to not offer him a job?

HG

November 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

Shaquille Goodwin is entitled to choose the university of HIS CHOICE to attend and accept their scholarship offer. Those who do not like his decision can continue commenting like simple minded whinny idiot morons.

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

UCLA? You are kidding right. UCLA Sucks. They have already lost 2 games to NOBODIES, Loyola Marymount & Middle Tennessee

U of M/Tigers(4Life)

November 16th, 2011
4:25 pm

Memphis is not a StateFlag school. Imagine if we had the budget of some of these SEC schools or larger schools had. We really could play our players i.e. Cam Newton type money……………LoL

A lot of players(from Memphis)that we put in the NBA are without contracts because of the lock house(Shawn Williams, Earl Barron, Joey Dorsey, Rodney Carney) right now. But from that list………….

Not player from the entire list is better than Derrick Rose, Duke is where players go and die, just like quarterbacks die from Florida

Also, keep in mind that Amare Stoudamire and Kendrick Perkins committed to Memphis before going to the NBA.

U of M/Tigers(4Life)

November 16th, 2011
4:31 pm

RollTide – Yes, we are off probation, you of all people know about probation. Memphis has always been a hot bed for basektball talent. What’s sad is that I live here in Atlanta and Atlanta has a world of talent. Atlanta rather push football only when they can be a powerhouse in both sports. When the BCS kills college football, they will come back to basketbal. Especially with Georgia Tech having such a rich history of some of the greatest college point guards to play the game, i.e.. Kenny Anderson

harold

November 16th, 2011
4:36 pm

A GREAT CHOICE. GEORGIA SCHOOLS ARE NOT COMMITTED TO BASKETBALL!

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
4:38 pm

@harold……..where did you learn the FACT? The more you scream it on the blogs I guess the more it will become true.

Dawgfan

November 16th, 2011
4:41 pm

Memphis is a dump, put on your BP vest…

red hill

November 16th, 2011
4:42 pm

“I’m no Georgie fan, but…Memphis? Seriously? I’ve been to Athens. I’ve also been to Memphis. I wouldn’t go either place, but if I’m choosing between them…it’s NOT gonna be Memphis! There must be something he saw there that is just completely out of the public eye. I can’t imagine…”

Well, at least he won’t be at Tech where he would face attempted muggings or rape everyday on campus. What a stinkhole.

Richard Lane

November 16th, 2011
4:43 pm

As an Atlanta resident and University of Memphis and Emory grad it is easy to believe that Georgia and Georgia Tech should get all the local football talent. And I agree that both schools are much better academically but we are talking basketball for a guy who will probably not play more than 2 years before signing with the NBA.

With that said there is no comparison between Memphis Basketball with Georgia or even Georgia Tech, even though both play in much better conferences. How can two BCS teams, with great traditions claim to be anything in basketball when the fans don’t support the teams. Both teams are 2-0 to start this season and Georgia has drawn a whopping 7,177 and 4,627 for their first two games. GT is even worse with only 2,590 and 1,079. Memphis high schools do this well and the Memphis Tigers for a practice (Memphis Madness) draws over 12,000 and more than 14,000 for the two exhibitions this year. Oh, and by the way there were 16,294 for their first game against Belmont which was at 11 AM on a Tuesday. Memphis plays in an 18,000 seat arena before packed crowds. Georgia and, now even GT, have fans that come to the games only waiting for football season to begin. Neither of these schools are committed to basketball the way Memphis is and the results speak for themselves.

If you don’t think fan support is important to a recruit ask how may of the guys you sign in football would come if there was only 15,000 each weekend at Sanford Field.

Georgia is about Football and the fans are great. Memphis is about basketball and there are no better fans in America.

Shaq Goodwin will do just fine at Memphis, Ask Penny Hardaway, Tyreke Evans, Chris Douglas-Roberts, not to mention Derrick Rose how much help Memphis was in getting them to the NBA? I will be watching him closely as he matures into a Dwight Howard over the next two years.

Greg

November 16th, 2011
4:46 pm

Memphis obviously upped the $$$ amount in the secret envelope. Their history tells you that they fully subscribe to the “if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’” theory.

Resources

November 16th, 2011
4:48 pm

Congrats Shaq we are proud of you!!!

I've been everywhere....

November 16th, 2011
4:56 pm

Headed west…soon to be forgotten.

U of M/Tigers(4Life)

November 16th, 2011
4:57 pm

We might pay our players, but we won’t hold drug test until we have a soft scheduled game or 8+ players arrested every year. Some of these same fans were screaming fire CMR, now they want to talk smack. Now I see why UGA is not respected in their own conference. Hate on Memphis all you, but this is a fact:

1. Memphis can go anywhere, I mean anywhere and recruit basketball talent in the country. Can UGA do the same in football, no, you can’t even keep your best players.

5150 UOAD

November 16th, 2011
4:59 pm

Memphis is not home to the White Girls College of Georgia. He can have a better time in Memphis than Athens. Memphis the town & college are more diverse than UGA and Athens.

U of M/Tigers(4Life)

November 16th, 2011
5:00 pm

Dawgfan- If Memphis is a Dump, Athens is redneckville. Where’s your hood????

thomas

November 16th, 2011
5:15 pm

All you Memphis haters, reap and weep. And we are not done yet! In the next three years we will win a national championship in Memphis. Can’t say the same for Ga and Tech. Go Tigers!!!

bucket

November 16th, 2011
5:15 pm

Why can’t we just wish the kid well without attacking other schools? I wish he had signed with UGA also. But I’m not going to put down an 18 year old kid or criticize another city because he picked another school. Athens is a great place, but CMF still has some work to do to build the program. Really wish Leslie and Tompkins would have had better counsel because they may not be signing an NBA contract this year and UGA is going to have a long year.

thomas

November 16th, 2011
5:17 pm

Oh and by the way, WE will get Tony Parker and Jarnell Stokes!!!!!! Athens is for rednecks!

thomas

November 16th, 2011
5:23 pm

I was reading Richrda comments about attendance. the big high school games will draw 3,000 to 5,000. A game back in 1977 between of Memphis’ power high school program, Northside and Hamilton attracted 11,500 which is still the state record in Tennessee.

Who cares....................

November 16th, 2011
5:27 pm

The last ‘Great’ player that came out of SWD was Quincy Carter.