Recruiting Roundup - 11/8
Visits, commitments and general recruiting news
The summer travel season is complete and school's back in session. Now, the nation’s top prospects are getting closer and closer to deciding where they will play in college. With a large number of uncommitted players left in the Class of 2012, there will be a lot of recruiting buzz going into the fall signing period and high school season. Check back here at Fivestarbasketball.com’s ‘Commitment Corner’ every Tuesday to learn more about the week’s biggest news and inside information on the recruiting trail.
Shaq's a Tiger
William "Shaq" Goodwin (Decatur, GA/Soutwest DeKalb) was supposed to wait until spring to make his decision. But this morning he threw a curveball and decided to roll with Memphis.
"#memphisbound," Goodwin posted from his Twitter account.
Goodwin is a bruising power forward who has long arms and athlecism to finish in the paint. He enjoys being physical with opponents, which is one of the reasons UCLA, Florida and Georgia all made his final list.
With former Atlanta Celtics coach Korey McCray working as an assistant with the Bruins and travel teammate Jordan Adams (Lawrenceville, GA/Oak Hill Academy) headed there, some might have pegged Goodwin in Westwood.
"It does [help], but it's not a big factor," Goodwin told CBS Sports yesterday.
In the end of the day, it wasn't. Damien Wilson (Austell, GA/Oak Hill Academy), another travel teammate of Goodwin's, committed to Memphis as well. Pledging to Memphis should give Goodwin the greatest chance of playing basketball and football, which has been a top priority from the beginning of his recruitment.
McGary joins Wolverines
Mitch McGary (Chesterton, IN/Brewster Academy, N.H.), our Breakout Player over the Summer, selected Michigan late last week.
“Next fall I’m going to Ann Arbor, Michigan," McGary said on ESPNU. "I’m going to be a Wolverine.”
McGary is head coach John Beilein's first major commit since arriving in Ann Arbor. He joins SYF Players' teammate Glenn Robinson III and 6-5 small forward Nick Stauskas in the 2012 class.
"What I really like about Michigan is its coaching staff, especially Bacari Alexander. He’s probably one of the most underrated coaches in the country. He really knows what he’s doing with the big men," McGary wrote in a recent ESPNU blog entry.
Wolfpack - best class in the state
Last Thursday, T.J. Warren gave his verbal pledge to N.C. State. He follows Five-Star rated Rodney Purvis and Tyler Lewis in a great initial recruiting class for Mark Gottfried. With the trio, the Wolfpack are looking good at the 1-2-3 positions for the near future.
The Tar Heels and Blue Devils are used to owning the recruiting headlines, but its the Wolfpack that holds the trophy in this 2012 class. All of the Wolfpack's recruits are from North Carolina and Warren eliminated the Tar Heels in favor of N.C. State.
The next goal for N.C. State is Amile Jefferson, who excels as a combo forward.
Ben Carter (Las Vegas, NV/Bishop Gorman) - verbal to Oregon
Damyeon Dotson (Houston, TX/Yates) - verbal to Oregon
Daniel Dingle (Bronx, N.Y./St. Raymond's) - verbal to Temple
Amile Jefferson (Philadelphia, PA/Friends Central) went on an official visit to N.C. State last weekend and will be going on his final official to Stanford this upcoming weekend.
Robert Upshaw (Fresno, CA/San Joaquin Memorial) is down to Kansas State, Louisville, Georgetown and Fresno State and hoping to decide in two weeks.
Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, TN/Southwind) cut UCLA from his list in favor of Kentucky. He is also looking at Memphis, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida.