- Kipp Adams, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Shaq Goodwin (Decatur, Ga./Southwest Dekalb) is a five-star basketball prospect. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward is the No. 1 player in Georgia and 19th in the nation. He averaged 18 points and 10.1 rebounds last year, and has been offered by programs from coast to coast. Coaches such as Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and Ben Howland have stood courtside to watch him play, and Billy Donovan was the latest one on the phone trying to woo Goodwin.
But come time to fax in his letter of intent, there is a good chance Goodwin will not be signing for any of those top basketball programs. That is because while there is little doubt as to his potential on the court, Goodwin's first love is on the gridiron. He started playing when he was 4, giving football a seven-year head-start on basketball. Then puberty hit and muddied the waters a little.
"I did not get serious with basketball until my growth spurt at 13," Goodwin said. "I went from 6-2 to 6-5 in less than a year."
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