REACTION: Goodwin to Memphis

It had been almost six months to the day since the University of Memphis received its last verbal commitment before Shaq Goodwin, a 5-star 6-foot-8 power forward from Atlanta, committed to the Tigers.

It had been almost six months to the day since the University of Memphis received its last verbal commitment before Shaq Goodwin, a 5-star 6-foot-8 power forward from Atlanta, committed to the Tigers.

Goodwin shook up the recruiting world late Monday night when he wrote on Twitter that "11:20 tomorrow decision-making time."

Goodwin, who also considered UCLA, Georgia, Arizona, and Florida, announced his commitment with the tweet "#memphisbound" Tuesday morning.

Goodwin joins Oak Hill wing Damien Wilson in the Tigers' 2012 class. With Goodwin now in the fold, the Tigers will move into Scout's Top 25 team rankings, according to Scout's national recruiting analyst, Evan Daniels.

"This is a massive get for Memphis and one they needed to get," Daniels said. "He's got a man's body at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds. He's strong, he's athletic, he can run the floor. I think he's going to be a big piece to the Memphis puzzle."

Daniels said Goodwin's biggest impact will come mostly on the defensive end and in transition.

"I think how he's gonna contribute out of gate is by rebounding and points in transition," Daniels said. "The way (Memphis coach) Josh (Pastner) plays, it's such a fast pace and that's where he's gonna get most of his points. I don't think he's a guy you throw the ball to in the post and say 'go get a basket' yet.

"He can have a major impact on the glass and from defensive perspective."

Due to NCAA rules, coaches are not allowed to comment on unsigned recruits.

While Goodwin has toyed around with the idea of playing football at the next level, there has been no level of communication yet from Memphis football coach Larry Porter. That being the case, Goodwin is, as of today, expected to sign a letter of intent in the early signing period, according to a source.

And as if Goodwin's commitment wasn't enough, the Tigers stand to potentially receive another five-star commitment this week in Northeast High (Clarksville, Tenn.) wing Alex Poythress, who is choosing between Memphis, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Florida on Thursday.

"It's already a big week," Daniels said. "Anytime you get a guy who's a potential McDonald's All-American, it's a huge week. If you get Poythress, it's the icing and cherry on top. It'd be a terrific class. If they were to lock in and get Poythress, you're looking at a Top 10 class."


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