Tuesday, June 21, 2011

2012 Target: Shaq Goodwin (Decatur, GA) 6-8 210 PF

Recent verbal commit Jordan Adams calls out fellow Atlanta Celtic Shaq Goodwin to join him at UCLA next year (link):

""I want 'Shaq' Goodwin to come with me," the 6-foot-5 Adams said during his announcement, referring to William Goodwin, a Celtics teammate who is among the top power forward prospects in the nation."

What do you say, Shaq? Be a Bruin!

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From ESPN College Basketball Recruiting (link)

Shaq Goodwin
Power Forward
CLASS: 2012
Grading Scale

Hometown: Decatur, GA
High School: Southwest Dekalb High School
Height: 6'8''
Weight: 210 lbs

Overall Rank: 12
Position Rank: 3

Status: Undeclared

Considering: UCLA Bruins, Georgia Bulldogs, Memphis Tigers, Florida Gators, Alabama Crimson Tide

This guy took the spring and summer (2010) and decided to make a name for himself. Although always blessed with the physical attributes of a difference maker, the athletic power forward lacked the maturity to ever put it all together. However, he has matured and progressed to the point of being one of the top players in his class. Goodwin can excel in many fazes of the game. He has great length and athleticism, runs the floor extremely well and can finish in transition and in traffic. He can drive the ball from the high post or step behind the line to knock down a jump shot. He is also becoming more reliable with his mid range game and his motor is really starting to run at a consistent level. He is extremely active on the offensive glass where he relentlessly battles for the ball.

He needs to stay focused on development. If he added a good counter move, like an up-and-under or jump hook or some sort of bail out shot, he could be more effective offensively. Although he is a good offensive rebounder, he needs to continue to improve on the defensive glass where he sometimes lacks some grit to fight for a ball in a crowd. At times he will play upright and get pushed off his spot which is normal for younger players. We'd like to see him become more vocal on the floor and become a take command kind of guy.

Bottom Line:
Many feel this guy may be the best player in a loaded class from the state of Georgia. As a two sport stand-out, the charismatic post player will have his choice of schools in either football or basketball. Regardless of sport, Goodwin will be a major factor for some high major program in the near future.

Travel Teams: Memphis YOMCA/Atlanta Celtics...


AJC.com ranks Shaq Goodwin its #1 player to watch at the recent Under Armour “Best of the Best” Camp.

Top 5 Georgia recruits to watch at Best of Best Camp

4:04 am June 3, 2011, by Michael Carvell

One Shaq's career ended this week while another Shaq's career is just beginning to take off (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Southwest Dekalb’s Shaq Goodwin and Thomasville’s Robert Carter are both ranked among the top 15 college basketball prospects in the nation for 2012.

Both Goodwin and Carter are scheduled to play in the Under Armour “Best of the Best” Camp held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Marist. (Go here for more information)

Here’s a breakdown of the top 5 Georgia players at the camp, courtesy of Courtcred.com’s Kerry Willis:

1. William “Shaq” Goodwin, 6-8, power forward, Southwest DeKalb: “Goodwin is the highest-rated player in Georgia (No. 12 by ESPNU) and he has continued to impress scouts with his relentless effort on the boards, his athleticism, and the added ability to be very consistent shooting the ball out to the 3-point line. Plays the game with energy and an infectious smile that crowds love.” Goodwin’s list of schools include UCLA, UGA, Florida, Memphis.

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