"Shaq" enjoys U.C.L.A. visit
Heralded forward takes in a football and basketball game
Make no mistake, William "Shaq" Goodwin (Decatur, GA/Southwest Dekalb) wants to be a two-sport star in college.
“I want to play both sports,” Goodwin told CBS Sports this summer. “Football then basketball. I want to play both of them.”
Despite concerns of managing the physicality and time constraints of playing both sports, Goodwin remains committed to the cause. This weekend, the 6-8 power forward slash tight-end was in Westwood, California, for his official U.C.L.A. visit, which went well.
"I didn't know their games would be that packed," He told the L.A. Times anfer taking in the Rose Bowl on Sunday afternoon. "It made a good impression on me."
Goodwin has narrowed his list to five favorite schools, all of which will allow him to play both sports: Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Memphis and U.C.L.A.
He isn't leaning in a particular direction yet, at least not publicly, but he is impressed by Ben Howland's (U.C.L.A.) consistent presence in the process.
"He comes to my school a lot; he shows a lot of support," Goodwin told the L.A. Times. "That's not common among head coaches."
Howland's 2012 class includes Five-Star first-team Summer All-American, Kyle Anderson, a 6-9 point forward, and 6-5 swingman Jordan Adams of Oak Hill Academy.
Adams and Bruins assistant coach, Korey McCray, are both former members of the Atlanta Celtics, a club team that Goodwin split his time with [also played with Memphis YOMCA] this past summer on the circuit. He said it helps, but is not a game-changing variable.
"It does [help], but it's not a big factor."
Goodwin is ranked as the 10th best power forward in 2012 by Rivals, and the No. 26 overall player in his class. Check out the adidas Nations video below for more on his game.